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Playing Out the Back with Neutral Full Backs

Playing out the back with neutral full backs


1) Develop ability to play out the back.
2) Develop transition.
3) Develop general possession skills.

• 40x35yrd area with 1 full size goal and 3 small gate goals. (20 mins) 7 players (9 with progressions.  2vs2 (+2) +GK.  'No Press Zone' using the 18yrd area, where the defending team cannot enter and press.  Footballs readily available next to the coach positioned on the end of the playing area and by the goal post.  Age: 12-Adult.  

Player Roles

• 2 CBs play infront of a GK and attempt to combine with the full backs who should be in wide advanced positions.  When developing these positions you could select positions for the exercise based on your teams positions.  
• The Yellow team attacks as the defending team is encourage to counter quickly with the two blue Full Backs on retreiving possession.


1. Addition of a 3rd defender for the Yellow Team.
2. Addition of a Central Midfield player (no.6) to the team playing out the back.
3. Decrease the size of the playing area to make more challenging.
4. Touch limitations to 1/2 touch for the team playing out the back or remove the 'No Press Zone'.


1. Orange score in the small gate goals.
3. Yellow score in the full sized goal.

• 2 Central Defenders (orange) play out from the back using the GK and the two Neutral Full Backs in blue.
• If the Yellow team win possession they counter with the two blue players on the full size goal.
• GK starts play by passing out to a CB in the 'No Press Zone'.
• Coach can also perform re-starts from the opposite end by feeding the yellow counter attack team.

• Yellow players cannot enter the 'No Press Zone'.
• Orange have only 20 seconds to score.  Can be modified as needed.
• Play for 4 mins and then break for either a 30 sec or 1 minutes rest period and rotate roles.

Coaching Points

1) Quick passing and movement with limited touches on the ball.
2) CBs open up wide.
3) Patience.  
4) Switching Play.
5) Quick transition from the outside players.
6) Create supporting angles to play out from the back. Look to play forward whenever possible but do NOT force play.
7) Look to Play forward when possible to targets.

Diagram 1 - Set-Up
• Basic set-up with the coach positioned on the end line.  Back 4 is arranged in a curved shape.  The two Yellow defending players are positioned behind the 'No Press Zone'. 

Playing Out the Back Soccer Game

Diagram 2 - Building Play
• Typical passing pattern to build out the back.  The GK plays into the CBs who combine with the Full Backs switching play when possible to open space to go forward.
Playing Out the Back Passing Patterns
Diagram 3 - Progression 1
Addition of a 3rd defender (Yellow Team) who defends behind the 'No Press Line'.  
 Playing Out the Back Passing Patterns
Diagram 4 - Progression 2
Addition of another midfielder (No.6) who plays infront of the 'No Press Zone' and is used to combine and play out from the back. 
Playing Out the Back - Addition of another Defender
Vary the size of the playing area to increase or decrease the difficulty level.
Notes & Observations
Use the 'No Press Line' as a tool to build confidence for players to play out from the back unopposed.  Expect players to make mistakes and goals to be conceded.  Transitions can make this exercise quick and intense.  Supporting angles are important in this activity.
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