Goalkeeper: Playing out from the Back and Progression

  • Organisation

    • 1 big goal

    • 1 goalkeeper (rotate, if there are more goalkeepers available)

    • 3 dummies or cones

    • 3 balls

    The dummies or cones will be set up on the edge or just outside of the penalty box to simulate opposing attacking players.

  • Process

    Three players will act as defenders (left, right and in the center).

    These players slightly move in their positions.

    The drill starts with one of the three defenders, who plays the ball back to the goalkeeper.

    The goalkeeper has to quickly decide, to whom of the other two defenders he can play the ball to, to switch the point of play.

    The player that receives the ball from the goalkeeper then finishes the drill off by shooting on target.

  • Tip


    Drill can be extended:

    While one player shoots on goal, one of the other two players gets ready to do so as well.

    Therefore, the goalkeeper additionally has to sort out, which of the three players does not have a ball.

    He then passes the ball to the only open player.

Training Set

Main point, Progression


20 min


U13, U12, U11, U14 - U19, U23+


Catch / Save, Goal kicks, Legs, Throw-ins

General Training Goals


Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

4 players

Form of Training

Goalkeeper training, Individual training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Midfielders, Defenders, Goalie


1 goalie


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Penalty box

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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