Free Soccer Drills



Playing Out From The Back | Skill Practice (14-P2)

Organisation / Set Up
Practice 2 of Theme 14 Playing out from the back, combines technical and skill elements in 2 v 1 and 3 v 2 situations. We begin with our Goalkeeper playing out to our Centre back who plays a diagonal ball to the winger or wing back to start the attack one side, before then beginning the attack on the other side simultaneously. Objective is for the Central midfielder and winger to play into strikers who can combine in a 2 v 1 or attack 1 v 1 against defenders to finish on goal. If a defender wins the ball, the central midfielder and winger will work together with the defender to now counter attack the initial defender in a 3 v 1.

Playing out from the back 14 P2 2

Key Coaching Points
  • (Tactical Key Point) Combinations in team shape to gain a clear understanding of positional expectations
  • (Technical Key Point) Quality of passing and touch to combine quickly.
  • (Social Key Point) Clear, effective communication in build up play.

Playing Out From The Back 14 P2 3


Progressions & Constraints 1
Progress to a 3 v 2 attacking situation in the attacking area, with both defenders joining the game.


Defending Outnumbered 13 P3 3


Progressions & Constraints 2
Combine both areas to compete in a 5 v 4, with the option for defenders to counter in a 3 v 3 on winning possession.


Key Questions
  • Can you motivate yourself to play at game tempo from the back even if unopposed?
  • How does the counter affect awareness of central defenders?
  • How is your defending strategy different when changing from 1 to 2 to 4 defenders?