Build-up and play-out through 2 and 5

  • Organisation

    Squad training with focus on back 4 and midfield 3 formation will be 1-4-3-3 with a flat midfield x x x x x x x

  • Process

    defending team on winning possession to build up from the back in order to release the wide defenders to attack the space, this means switching the play, limited touches

  • Tip

    quick accurate touches of the ball, move ball quickly

  • Field size

    half field if available

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis, Progression


U14 - U19, Any, Adult (from 18 years on)

U6 - U13 [Under 13]


25 min

Number of Players:

> 10 players, 6 - 9 players

Form of Training:

Group training, Team training

Skill Level:

Any, Advanced

Author: Paul Fraser

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