Under 12 Playing out from the back

Description: Session to develop understanding of playing out from the back. Session should focus on passing and receiving technique and positioning in and out of possession.

Coaching Points

  • Receiving to play forward – Body Shape (half turn), Scanning, spacial awareness
  • Positioning for kickouts – Use width, spread out
  • Positioning when out of possession – Stay compact, until ball in in keepers hands, then spread out
  • Movement to support

Warm up – Receiving on the half turn

Receiving on the Half Turn Technical Practice
Receiving on the Half Turn Technical Practice

Description: Players in groups of 6-8, split up into two even groups facing each other. To begin, simply take a touch to control and pass to opposite player then follow your pass to join the opposite group.

Work for 3 minutes to allow players to warm up. Can add in dynamic stretching by jogging around the cone to your immediate left. Progress to 1 touch when players are comfortable.


  • 1 player starts in middle, receives on half turn and passes to opposite group, always follow your pass. There should always be one player in the middle
  • 1-2 pass with end player who passes to middle player, receives on the half turn and repeats


Opposed Practice – Playing out from the back

Playing out from the back technical practice
Playing out from the back technical practice

Playing area: 35mx60m

Description: 7 (plus goalkeeper) v 4 in the main area with 2 target players. Play always starts from the goal keeper, blue’s must spread out and work on their shape for goal kicks. Blue’s aim to get the ball into one of the target players to score a point, target player then switches to the other target who plays back to goal keeper.

If red’s gain possession they must aim to score into large goal.


  • Number of passes before scoring

Link to video

Original session from thecoachingmanual.com

SSG – Playing out from the back

Playing out from the back Small Sided Game
Playing out from the back Small Sided Game

Playing area: 35mx60m

Description: Play now switches around and the blue team attack the large goal.

7v6 (plus goalkeeper) game in the main area in favour of the blues, play starts with the blue server (or coach depending on numbers). Blue’s must play from the server to create goal scoring opportunities.

Blue’s can play back to server to keep possession. If the red’s regain possession then they must aim to score in either of the small target goals.

Throw-ins in play, play restarts from the server.


  • Limit touches
  • Number of passes before scoring

Link to video

Original session from thecoachingmanual.com

Free Play – 8v8

Free Play - 8v8
Free Play – 8v8

Under 12 Possession Session

Attacking Principles of Football (WIMPS)Description: Basic session to introduce the Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS).

Fun warmup developing to simple 5v2 Possession exercise before moving to a game specific directional Possession exercise.

Session Coaching Points:

  • Introducing Attacking Principles of Play (WIMPS)
  • Develop Passing and Receiving Technique
  • Good communication with team mates

Agility Warm up

Time: 8-10mins

Passing Agility Warm-up

Description: Players in two equal lines facing each other with one ball. First player passes to opposite player before performing a ladder exercise and joining the opposite group. Repeat Circuit for 2-3mins depending on number of players then progress.


  • Single Feet
  • Two Feet
  • Side to Side
  • In-out-in-out
  • Dribble to opposite group then go back through ladder


Setup: 10x10m area (Use 2 areas depending on player numbers)
Time: 20mins

Rondo 5v2

Description: 5v2 possession exercise where players can move throughout the 10×10 grid, focus on introducing “WIMPS” and basic tactical. Can the players use Width? Support? Mobility? Also focus on passing and receiving Technique.

Award players 1 point for every 10 consecutive passes and change the defenders. If this is too much lower to the ability of the players.

Change defenders regularly or have two teams of 5 and have 3 substitute defenders. Attacking team can have 5mins to practice then change roles.


  • Limit to 2 touches
  • Play “penetrating pass” through two defenders to score 3 points
  • Limit to 1 touch


Setup: 30x15m area (Two areas if player numbers allow)
Time: 20mins

Directional Possession 3v3+2

Description: 3v3 inside a rectangle area, with a target man on either end. Teams must play the ball from one side of the grid to the other to score a point. They can go back to the end player they received from to retain possession but will not score a point.

Change end players and middle payers regularly.

Focus on, 2 players going wide for the server, third attacker makes plenty of movement.


  • Limit to 3 touch
  • Must make 3 passes before going into end man
  • Limit to 2 touch

Free Play

Time: 10mins

Free play - 6v6

Short and long passing session

  • Session Topic: This session focuses on short and long passing technique. The session will also cover receiving technique, possession and using width in attack.
  • Age: Under 10 – Under 12

Warm-up (8mins)

To begin the session have players passing in pairs, moving around a set playing area (Size dependent on numbers). Begin with 2 yard pass and ask players to increase distance as they get more comfortable. Progress by asking players to move around the area passing with other partners.

Conclude by players getting into groups of four on the final whistle.

Technique (10mins)

Long passing football warmup
Players work in groups of four, two from each group will start in opposite end zones 10-20 yards apart. With one ball between each four players will work on various long passing techniques.

Play starts with one players passing into the opposite end zone, the player who receives will play a pass to his partner who sets him up for a long pass back. He will then become the receiving player the next passing.

Begin with a driven instep pass and progress:

  • Chipped pass
  • Curled pass – Inside and outside of foot
  • Driven pass with laces
  • Floated pass

5v2 Possession (15mins)

Players split into three equal teams, two teams take up the opposite end zones with the other teams starting as defenders in the middle small square.

When the coach plays the ball into one end zone team they must attempt to keep possession for 3/5 passes before playing a long pass into the opposite end zone. Two defenders from middle square will attempt to win the ball back. If they intercept the ball then the phase of play has finished and the coach plays a new ball into the opposite group.

Remember: When the short pass target is complete the team in possession must still make a successful long pass. It could be curled around the side, driven or floated over the top. If the center square players intercept that is a point!

Once the defenders intercept 5 balls they will swap out with one of the end zone teams.


  • Increase numbers of passes required
  • Max number of touches

SSG – Three Goals (12mins)

Two teams play on a 35-30 (approx) pitch with large goals, goal keepers and two small target goals per team. Behind each target goal must be a target player.

Team can score normally into large goal and receive 1 goal, if they can score into a target goal on the wing they will receive 2 goals or if they can switch the play and score in the opposite target goal they receive 5 goals.

Focus of activity is for players for spread out, make good quick short passes and look to switch the play if there is space.

Free play (remaining time)

Passing and Possession

Warmup – Arrival Activity

1 ball between two, passing. Then passing and moving.

Whole – 6v6 game

Free play - 6v6

Description: Free play 6v6 with MUYL roll out rule in effect.

Coach the game:

  • Kickouts
  • Throw-ins
  • Defending Corners

Part – 3v1 Rondos

From Dick Bate Session - http://youtu.be/RtLv34u3Lec?t=16m52s
From Dick Bate Session – http://youtu.be/RtLv34u3Lec?t=16m52s

Description: Two 8×8 yard squares, in each there will be 3 on attacking team versus 1 defender who play a 3v1 Rondo (or Keep ball). On coaches call of “Switch”, the defender runs out and is replaced by another whilst the passing team continues. Replacing the defender helps to keep up intensity.

Game related: Often in matches you are put under a lot of pressure when playing out from the back. This makes the area you are playing in congested and often tight, therefore players must get used to quick passing and be aware of their movement to create space in order to play out.

  1. Change possession team every 5-6 minutes

Coaching Points:

  • Create space – width and depth
  • Movement – rotation
  • Passing technique and receiving technique
  • Passing in tight areas

Whole – 6v6 game

Free play - 6v6

Description: Free play 6v6 with MUYL roll out rule in effect.

Coach the game:

  • Kickouts
  • Throw-ins
  • Defending Corners