P5. Playing Out From the Back 1

P5. Playing Out From the Back
1hr 45min
Quote of the Session:
Warm Up/Agility 10 mins
Rondo
Small Sided Game 20 mins
Roy Hillier’ Playing Out From the Back

Phase 1. Playing From the Back

​The Set-Up
: (as pictured).

  • Divide the 50 yards by 40 Yard area into 3 zones (Back 3rd, Middle 3rd and Final 3rd)
  • Place 3 Backs in the back 3rd 2 Midfield players in the middle 3rd and 1 Striker in the Final 3rd
  • All players MUST remain in their designated Zones to start

Sequence

  1. Play begins with a throw or pass from the keeper or from a ball played to one of the 3 backs.
  2. The 3 backs inter-pass while looking for an opportunity to pass forward to their midfield team mate in the middle 3rd
  3. The midfielder upon receiving a pass attempts to pass to the ball to his/her striker in the Final 3rd who tries to score.
  4. Balls cannot be passed back to another zone

NOTE! Whenever the team in possession of the ball the team loses possession they must return IMMEDIATELY to their designated zones while the opposing team attacks using the same format.

Coaching Points

  • Move the ball quickly.
  • Accurate passes
  • Support the ball.
  • Support the player.
  • Encourage creativity.
  • Movement off the ball to create space.
  • One or 2 touch shooting.
Phase 2. Progressions

  • The back who passes the ball to the midfielder may join in the attack to create a 3v2 in the middle 3rd and the midfielder who passes the ball to the Striker may join the striker creating a 2v3 situation in the final 3rd
  • Players may either PASS or DRIBBLE the ball into the adjoining 3rd.
  • Balls may be passed back to another zone.

Phase 3. Progressions

  • Add an additional Striker to both teams.
  • After the ball is passed from the back 3rd to the middle 3rd any of the backs can join the midfielders in the middle 3rd. And any midfielder can join the striker in the Final 3rd after the ball is carried OR passed to the striker from the midfield.
  • All players may only advance 1 Zone. A back cannot go first to the middle 3rd and then continue his/her run into the final 3rd.

Phase 3. Final Progressions

  • Players may advance 2 zones. Backs can pass or dribble into the middle 3rd and then continue into the final 3rd to assist in finishing the attack. However only one player per zone can advance at one time.
  • Increase grid size.
  • Add players in the back to 4 if playing with a 4 back system and a 3rd midfielder to create a 9v9 competition.
  • Play a game while respecting the 3 zones.
Technical/Tactical 45 mins
Dick Bate Passing Box
Organization

Groups of 4 players with one ball. Place extra balls either in the grid or nearby to keep the exercise flowing in the event of mistakes.

The Square should be approximately 15×15 yards. There should be three discs at each corner of the square (as pictured).

The Goal of this exercise is to help program movements into our players while also helping them develop proper habits to read the game and play in a creative manner.

Coaching Points

  • Crisp Passing
  • Preparing the space
  • Head on a swivel -Can we take a look at where we want to play next as the ball is traveling?
  • Timing of support runs
  • Playing with various surfaces (outside of foot, inside, etc.)
  • Communication
Creating Separation from a Defender
Players should start on the furthest disc from the player they’ll be receiving the ball from (Player C & D’s position in the left hand picture).
1st Movement: When player B takes his/her first touch “prepares the ball”, player C should break off the disc “separate from the defender” and show into the space to receive a pass from B. Player D should now be prepared to separate from the defender on player C’s preparation touch. Exercise continues.
Moving Away from the Ball
Players should now start on the closest disc from the player they’ll be receiving the ball from (Player B, C & D’s position in the left hand picture).
2nd Movement: Just as player A is about to pass the ball to player B, player B drifts backwards (moves away from the ball) to create additional space before receiving the ball. When player B takes his/her first touch “prepares the ball”, player C should drift away (exercise continues).
Introduction of Midfield Connector
Players should now start on their central disc. Two midfield players (red) are now introduced into the exercise.
Final Movement: Just as player A is about to pass the ball to player B, player B “checks away” (moves away from the space he/she wants to receive the ball) to create separation from the defender. As player B is about to receive the ball one of the central midfielders should show for support. It’s important that the midfielder times his/her run to arrive on time (not to early, not to late). Can player B slip a pass to the midfielder and quickly move to receive a return pass?Note: The group of four does not need to enter the ball into the midfielders. Midfielders should keep a balance (one shows, one holds central) to mirror their movements and interactions in a match.
This is an outstanding warm-up to help program players with a proper skill set to meet the demands of the modern game, movement off the ball, timing of runs, crisp passing, taking a look!, but for the exercise to truly be effective, the coach MUST demand that all the movements & requirements of the exercise are carried out at game speed. Coaching Demand: If you let your players get away with things that wouldn’t work in the game during training! What is the point of training?
Small Sided Game 30 mins
  • Two teams with goalkeepers.
  • Playing field of 40x20m
  • One goal at each end
Regular play with minimal coach intervention.
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