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kiyero99

Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 134
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U12 girls Average to good levels. I took over this team about 6 months ago and transformed them from kick and chase to a actual ball playing group. Since the first day,one of the goals was to eliminate that "whack the heck out of the ball for no apparent reason" style that the previous coach endorsed. Now the problem has become that they only want to play out of the back with every ball . This decision making moment is discussed, reviewed,corrected in training, but for some reason during the actual matches, it all goes out the window. Now i have to be careful, cause i have caught myself calling out for them to clear the ball more out of frustration than anything else. They do a fine job of actually playing out of the back. I do not want to change this, but not clearing has caused us to give up some goals. Too many if you ask me.  Do you have this problem? or have had it? I'm frustrated. 
MrSoccer

Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 8,596
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Your doing the right thing even if the opponent scores at times when you try to do it.

Tell us exactly how are those goals being scored. Do your backs use your keeper or not. They should then he can switch the field away from the pressure.

Can't be afraid if your backs get turned around and are facing your goal. Your other backs have to retreat if this happens so you have a lot of back pass options besides the keeper.

Also have a dribbler with a defender in a small space and work on trying to hold the ball. Then do the same but have another player as a go to option.

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Adam32m

Registered: 07/21/10
Posts: 1,406
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I've had this problem but it's never lead to many goals. You have corrected the issue, kicking the ball for no apparent reason. Now you need to introduce the intention of clearing the ball high, far, and wide. A 3v1 situation requires a different response than what a 1v3 situation requires. What is similiar in both situations is being responsible with the ball. Don't put the ball in a place where it can be turned over easily and the other team has a good chance to score. This is a pretty simple concept that they should be able to learn if you don't overcomplicate it.


U12 may be too young to introduce long passes, but eventually you want to  introduce playing out of the back can be short passes, as well as intermediate passes. Are they crumbling under pressure or are they calm when passing out of the back? If they are crumbling under pressure, is it direct pressure from the opponents or indirect pressure from the frustrated coach? If they are calm, then it is a good time to teach them how to read different situations.
Adam32m

Registered: 07/21/10
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Also, playing out of the back takes time to develop; backs have to be in certain positions of support to the ball. If the ball carrier doesn't have enough time to wait for her teammates, she should clear the ball. The next step is too read this quicker.

The problem is they cognitively see the play-out-of-the-back situation and want to do it because they buy into the concept, but aren't quick enough to get into position yet.
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Registered: 02/16/04
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Look at the reasons that you are giving up goals.  See if a pattern exists and the cause of the pattern.  For example, are they giving up the ball by holding it too long before passing?  Are the passes selected poor options, such as a square pass in front of your own goal?  Is the quality (strength) of the passes poor so that they are easily intercepted?  Are there too few options, so passes are being forced?

Look at the cause, as opposed to the result.  Then work on fixing it.

Making some assumptions based on the age and the way you describe the team, I would image it is all of the above.  If that is the case, run sessions on each issue, but include in each an aspect of movement on transition from defense to offense so that players learn not only how and where to move, but where to look for the movement so that the speed of play is increased.

As players grasp the patterns and concepts, increase the space, so they learn to spread the field and are able to exploit the spread with longer balls.

You may have to retool their thinking a bit.  They may not be able to distinguish between a "whack the heck out of the ball for no apparent reason" from an accurate medium to long pass; i.e., they see both the same - long pass bad, short pass good.  The key to changing this is to work on the technique and execution of the longer pass so that it is as accurate as a shorter pass.  Combining this with teaching movement on transition and you will have the start of better play and a solution.

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kiyero99

Registered: 07/22/10
Posts: 134
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Now that I really think about Its happening with my fullbacks. They will lose the ball by either dispossession or attempting a forced pass, and in turn my center backs will usually recover. By this time though we are under extreme pressure. The center back now will have the choice of clearing High and Wide like Adam said, but they choose to try to resolve the situation by trying to play in tight populated area. They are pretty good at doing it, and by no means are they the Barcelona, but all the time is the part that is getting to me. I have noticed is when we play bigger,stronger,more physical teams. 
Thanks for the responses, it really does help to look it at it from a different point of view. 
MrSoccer

Registered: 01/25/04
Posts: 8,596
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Most every good countries youth teams hardly ever clear the ball away under pressure in the back. They try to play out of it so it is not just Barca that does it. The US youth teams clear the ball away.

That is one of the many differences between good soccer countries and the US.

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