Today, I will be focusing on building play out of the back.
As we have all experienced, there are often those times, particularly in indoor games, when the goalkeeper is frozen on a goal kick. They're essentially stuck without a player to distribute the ball to. In the 2-1-2 formation, we'll be working on creating those options and they all include the keeper playing a field role. Therefore, it is extremely important that modern keepers develop technical skill with the ball.
The High Press
The high press is when the defensive team is playing tight on our backs any time the keeper needs to distribute the ball. This can be during a goal kick or any time the keeper picks up the ball. In the diagram below, the keeper plays an important role in distributing a secondary ball.
In OPTION A (left side of diagram), the keeper passes the ball to the left back who has moved toward him. The left back passes back to the keeper and immediately make a move toward the midfield. This is a WALL PASS or GIVE-AND-GO.
In OPTION B (right side of the diagram), the keeper plays the ball to the central midfielder who tracks back to receive the ball. If the midfielder can turn with the ball, it's a good option. However, if they have a defender on their back, they play the ball back to the keeper who then plays to on of the wide players.
The Low Press
The low press is when the defensive team is playing off our backs and providing them space to play the ball.
In OPTION A, the keeper plays the ball wide to a back who then plays the ball to either the midfield player and creating a wall pass, or by playing the ball up the flank to the forward.
In OPTION B, the keeper passes the ball to the back who "takes space" by dribbling the ball up field. This creates an advantage by drawing defenders toward the ball and, therefore, creating opportunities off the ball.
FC Barcelona Soccer Analysis - Playing out from Goal Kicks
Excellent example of Playing Out From The Back
Barcelona vs Man City (Playing Out From The Back)
The number of players on the pitch varies from tournament to tournament. In general, we are playing either 6 v 6 or 7 v 7 throughout the indoor season.
I like this formation because it provides balance on the field. In that balance, we have equal strength in attacking and defending.
Alternatively, we may use this formation when trying to protect a lead. This becomes more important if we need a win for points or to move on in an elimination finals format.
We begin many training sessions playing a soccer possession drill called Rondo. This exercise is intended to do a few things for the players:
In a game situation, we are hoping to build this into a greater use of possession to accomplish some goals: