INTRODUCING BUILDING OUT FROM THE BACK
The objective of this session is to introduce the topic of building out from the back to young players. The session is aimed at players U13 and up but could easily be adjusted up or down depending upon the ability of your players.
The warm up is composed of 2 parts, a dynamic warm up with one touch passing and a possession game. The idea is to get the players warmed up physically but also to get them involved straight away in some passing and receiving as this will be an integral part of the session. It’s a fun session that the players will enjoy, we get some good technical work in which is important for players of this age, and a few crucial tactical thoughts related to building out from the back are introduced. These tactical themes can be built upon in subsequent sessions
Dynamic warm up 10 minutes
8 vs 4 possession game – 12 minutes
Although the drill here is set up 12 players just adjust as per your numbers and play with a neutral player if needed.
PART 1 – 18 minutes
In this part of the session the objective is to involve the players in a passing and receiving activity that will be important to helping them develop the ability to play out from the back. Two options are provided and the coach can choose whichever they think makes most sense for their team.
- The drill is a passing and receiving practice where the players follow their pass and which ends with a strike to goal.
- The idea is to get the players used to swinging the ball from one side of the field to the other and also to encourage them to control on the back foot, letting the ball roll across their body.
- After shooting the player joins the end of the line.
- On the way back the players perform controlled agility movements between the cones or the poles.
- Vary the type of finish
- Vary the first touch of the winger – control and dribble past the mannequin or come and meet the ball and beat the mannequin with the first touch?
- Good firm passes to the outside foot.
- Open body shape to receive.
- Look over the shoulder before receiving
- Controlled movements back around the cones or posts
Option 2 is an overload game that cleverly creates conditions where players are forced to both look for forward passes and to switch the point of attack.
- This video uses 2 teams of 9 players but the topic can work for teams of 6 and upwards.
- If there is an odd player just make the a neutral to start the game.
- The play starts with each team having a goal keeper and 3 players in the middle.
- The rest of the players are distributed around the sides.
- When a team wins the ball they can bring one of their teammates into the game making a 4 vs 3 by passing the ball to them. Once a team has released all of their players they can go to goal.
- As the video shows the game encourages the players to move the ball around different parts of the filed
- As per option 1
PART 2 – 25 to 30 minutes
In the main part of the session Daniel introduces more structure around some of the ideas we have developed so far. By gradually adding more detail he slowly builds up the complexity of the drill and provides the players information that will help with their decision making. It’s a great practice to introduce the concept to young players.
- Finish with a free game.
- To continue the theme of the session ensure that the field is wide enough to give the players the chance to play out.
- Work on all the points developed so far.
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