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2 players run after the ball

Building the attack 

David Powderly, an FA coach, presents three coaching ideas to help young players build the attack.


Key objectives

This session helps players to: 

  • play out from the back and through the opposition 

  • Invite pressure from the opposition in order to exploit space 

  • use the goalkeeper to build the attack 

  • provide support by dropping off  

  • recognise opportunities to step into midfield. 

*Please note the video highlights are clipped from a longer coaching session. 

Building the attack

If your players master this game – or find it too hard – try adding a progression. But remember, learning takes time. So don't alter your activity too quickly or too much.   

To help, try using the STEP framework (Youth Sports Trust, 2002). This is a great way to keep things fun, engaging and appropriate. 

If you use this session with your team, let us know how you get on by posting in the England Football Community.