Building up from the back

Objective. To build up out of the back using quick, accurate passes.

Set up: Create a playing area about 60×40 yards or use a seven a side pitch. One one end place two small goals that can be marked with poles or cones. Put a full size goal on the other end of the playing area. Divide your players into two teams, wearing bibs. One team has an extra player.

How to play: Play soccer with the following conditions:

  • the team with the extra player defends the large goal and gets a goalkeeper;
  • all restarts begin with the goalkeeper.

Key soccer coaching points: Encourage possession, (‘if you can’t shoot, pass….if you can’t pass forward, pass back’) quick, accurate passing, good communication and supporting play (movement off the ball).