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Teach Youth Players How to build play from the back

This is the first of The Youth Coaching Series E-Books designed for coaches operating at the youth level. This e-book provides coaches of U11and U12 a comprehensive plan in how progressively teach youth players how to build play from the back in the 9v9 game format.

About this E-Book This

About this E-Book This is the first E-Book of the Youth Coaching Series: Teach Youth Players. The topic I have chosen for this E-Book is: “Teach Youth Players how to build play from the back.” Why this topic many have asked? Culturally, the way the game is played has changed and is constantly evolving. At the youth level, coaches carry the responsibility to teach youth players how to play this “New Game”. We cannot expect players at 13 or 14 years to meet a coach’s demand of building play from the back when they have never done it before. More than just the technical approach, it is the mental approach that needs to be trained early. Building play from the back should be part of how the game is taught from the very beginning. This E-Book is for coaches of U11 –U12 players playing the 9v9 game format. After an introduction on the Youth Coaching Series E-books and its first topic, the E-Book is structured as follows: The Training Process It highlights the three distinctive phases of teaching youth players how to build play from the back; Phase 1,(7v7) Phase 2, (9v9) Phase 3 , (11v11) Prerequisites It lists the technical, tactical, (cognitive) physical, and physiological requirements that players need to develop in order to be effective in their role ,when the team builds play from the back. Building play from the back: Stage 1 (7v7) This is an introduction to the topic. It provides coaches with an overview and understanding on how to start teaching U9/10 players to build play from the back. Building play from the back: Stage 2 (9v9) This E-book covers in details this age bracket. It provides coaches with a deep understanding of each situation, principles and concepts used as a base for training and development in preparation of the next stage: Attacking Principles of Play Occupation of Space Concepts and Situations Breaking the First Line Breaking the Second Line Players Options and Assessment Cards It describes the role and responsibilities of each player when building play from the back, providing examples of available options and an assessment tool for the coach to monitor each player progress. 8 sessions plans with individual activities Four proven practical sessions plus four shadow play sessions and individual exercises designed to train the team how to build play from the back. 4

It is no secret that the development of the game at the professional level, affects youth development. Philosophies change, and tactical trends at the professional level are seen by youth coaches as standards to follow (or at least to aim for) when developing youth players. Notwithstanding the fact that at the youth level the main priority for coaches is to teach soccer fundamentals, we also must be aware of the requirements of the modern game, and how we can prepare our youth players to best meet these demands. One of the most noticeable tactical changes that many teams have adopted in the last few years is building play from the back when the goalkeeper is in possession. Unless there is a clear situational advantage when in possession, the goalkeeper will restart play, by serving the ball to a nearby defender, building play from the back and advance the ball, rather than kicking a long ball to a 50/50 forward situation. This approach can be considered “risky”—if possession is lost in their own third, it leaves the team vulnerable to a quick attack by the opponent. However, the high level of technical proficiency achieved by the modern professional player allows a team to maintain possession, even under extreme pressing conditions by the opposition. By keeping possession and building from the Teach Youth Players: How to build play from the back back, a team can advance the ball as a group while keeping the correct distances between players and providing the ball carrier with various supporting options. This new game development approach has direct implications on our youth development programs. Not so much on the technical or tactical side, but rather on the culture of how the game is played. It is a matter of a change in mentality. Coaches must start at the youth level, imposing the concept that building from the back is how the game is played. New game rules have already been put in place to facilitate this change. The creation of age appropriate retreat lines at age 9 to 12, for example, encourages players to start building from the back. On the technical and tactical side, coaches must put in place a progressive training plan that supports the development of youth players for this specific aspect of the game. This E-book is designed to provide the U11/12 coach with a systematic training approach for both the individual player and the team, at the various stages of their development, on how to build from the back from the goalkeeper possession. It addresses the technical and tactical priorities that players and teams need to develop, while providing exercises and practices plans designed for the training of these requirements. 5