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Playing Out the Back with Transition SSG

Playing Out the Back


1) Develop Playing Out the Back.
2) Develop transition.
3) Develop possession skills.

• 55x35yrd playing area (Can use the space in front of the 18yrd area). (25 mins) 11 players.  7vs4.  Footballs readily available next to the coach positioned on the half way line.  5 rectangles split the playing area to provide zones for the 2xCBs, 2xCMs and 2 FBs.  Age: 12-Adult.  

Player Roles

• The 2xCBs play in Zone A when in possession.  The 2xFBs in Zones B & E.  The 2xCMs in Zone D.  
• The Counter Attacking Team begin in Zone C but can enter any zones.


1. CM (No.6) can drop into the central playing area to connect play.
2. Addition of holding midfield player (6).


1. Possession passing targets can be set for the Yellow Team (i.e. 10 consecutive passes).
2. Completing transition of the ball successfully from GK to midfielders can be used to gain a point also (i.e. from one target player to the target player at the opposite end = 1pt).

• On loosing possession the Yellow team can leave their zones and attempt to regain possession.  When they have regained possession they must return to their zones.   
• On scoring a goal or the ball exits play all players return to their starting zones.
• Play for 5 mins and then break for a 1 minute rest period.

• Back 4 and 2 CMs (8&6) in Yellow play against 4 opponents in Orange.  Play is started by the coach playing a pass into either the Counter Attacking (Orange) Team, or to the GK.  The team playing out from the back (Yellow) attempt to maintain possession from within their respective zones.  The Counter Attacking Team (Orange) attempt to score in the large goal.  

Coaching Points

1) Immediate pressure on loss of possession dropping to compact space and defend the edge of the penalty area.
2) Full Backs taking up advanced positions to provide width.
3) CBs should be split wide when playing out from the back.
4) Receive in an open body stance to see all possible passing options and not make play predictable.
5) Speed of transition both attacking to defending shape and vice versa.
6) Patience and not forcing play forward or down one side of the field.
7) Quick ball circulation with limited touches when playing around the back.
8) Build diamonds and triangles in order to dominate and control possession.
9) Overload in order to isolate and exploit poorly defended areas of the field.
10) Distribution from the GK. Look to use the GK as a sweeper.
11) Switch play in order to play away from pressure.
12) Tempo should be high with limited touch quick passing and movement.
13) Distances and angles of support relative to the ball carrier.

Diagram 1 - Set-Up
• Showing the 5 recetangles that make up the playing area.  Yellow when in possession must play in their respective zones.

Playing Out the Back Soccer Game

Diagram 2 - Building Play
• Typical passing pattern showing the GK combining with the two CBs to play out using the CM and the the RFB also.
Playing Out the Back Passing Patterns
Diagram 2 - Transition
Example of the transition movement that takes place when the Counter Attacking team win possession.  The Yellow team can abandon their zones and compress to defend.  The Counter Attacking team (Orange) attempt to score in the full size goal.
 Playing Out the Back with zones and transition
Diagram 3 - Progression 1
Example of the first progression and allowing the No.6 (CM) to drop into the central playing area.  Similar to a full game scenario we are looking for our No.6 to drop low to connect play.
Playing Out the Back Passing Patterns
Diagram 4 - Progression 2
Example of the second progression where we have added a permenant No.6 (CM) who plays in the central playing area at all times in possession.  We can still have the rule of allowing one of the other CMs to drop into this area also.
Playing Out the Back Passing Patterns
Vary the size of the playing area to increase or decrease the difficulty level.
Notes & Observations
Attempt to get a really quick tempo to this exercise and focus on limited touches and simple quick passing.  Transition is an important part of the modern game and should take place quickly between attacking to defending and defending to attacking.  Condition the Orange team in any way you want to allow for success for the Yellow team to develop confidence in playing out from the back.
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