Playing out from the back

Hi all,

Does anyone having any drills designed to help with playing out from the back? We have recently moved to 9a side are are really struggling when it’s our own goal kicks, conceding 3 in both our last 2 friendlies when teams have pressured us straight from the kick and I want to address the issue in training.

thanks for your help 


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  • Dean, thanks for the extra bit of information (age). This is a really difficult thing to deal with as I don't know the individual ability of your players or what has been prioritised in the years before now but getting caught out when trying to play out from the back has a "positional" aspect but more importantly an individual technical aspect as well and this is why I asked the question about what these players have been exposed to during their earlier years. If your players are not technically proficient it will be difficult to play out from the back in any formation because each individual "link" in the team isn't strong enough and this comes back to each player's individual capability. It gets worse because instead of now prioritising technical development, time is spent working on shapes and formations to solve the problem. But the problem is more likely to be the capability of each individual player. This may not be the answer you wanted but it is a great example of trying to "fix" a problem with a certain approach but that merely masks the real problem in that each player's individual technique may not be of a high enough standard. This is what the FP is for. It is to ensure that individual skill/technique/physical literacy and ENJOYMENT are prioritised so that any formation/shape/team strategy can be employed later on because each link of the team is so much stronger. I haven't given you the answer but I hope it is something you might consider. Pete

  • Afternoon everyone.

    That's what I meant when I suggested areas/pitches. Not zones on a big pitch but different shaped/dimensions on smaller pitches to replicate what goes on in areas of a 9v9 when you are trying to encourage players to play out. So long and narrow to replicate wing play. Wide and short to receive centrally from the GK to help players receive on the turn or at least be aware of what's behind them. Then find solutions to hold onto the ball and escape.

    On any shaped/dimensional pitch still play in SSG 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, 3v2, 3v3. Lots of time on the ball, lots of dribbling, confined space to increase decision making and receiving. Messy yet directional.

    Any thoughts