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Young player stays in possession of the ball

Playing out and through

Paul Holder, FA youth coach developer, delivers a session on playing through the opposition to create attacking opportunities.


Key objectives

This session helps players to:

  • play through, around and over the opposition 

  • be positive in possession  

  • create shooting opportunities 

  • play out from the back and into midfield. 

Playing out and through

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.