11 Ways to Distribute from the Goalkeeper and Play out from the Back – Wayne Harrison

11 Ways to Distribute from the Goalkeeper and Play out from the Back Wayne Harrison

We develop play from the back. Work on that initially practicing all ways to get out.

Have opponents only intercepting passes to begin then let it go free.

When opponents win it back we work on the defending team condensing and defending correctly.

So certain plays are recognized consciously first of all with particular CUES offering identification of these.

If one or two ways to develop play are done very frequently then it becomes a subconscious decision to move into position so no decision making required as such.

Distribution from the Goalkeeper and Playing from the back:

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Perhaps use cones instead of actual players to practice to make it work initially and to gain confidence.

Distribution from the Goalkeeper and Playing from the back:

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Our starting position, the team is in defensive shape and ready to attack. A 6 v 3 makes it easy to get out, but decrease the number of opponents if necessary to gain success initially.

1. Distribution from the goalkeeper using one attacking fullback:

Wayne Harrison Distribution from the keeper using one attacking fullback

We attack down one side of the soccer field and we slide across with the other three of the back four to cover the spaces behind.

2. Distribution Through Both Center Backs or (6):

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A simple starting position on distribution from the back using only those players in the immediate vacinity. A 3 v 2 at the back in our favor.

3. Distribution Through Number (6) in a Wide Area:4-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

Now (6) breaks wide to receive the ball and escape being marked in the middle. The same can happen with (6) breaking out to the right also replacing (5) who stays central.

4. Distribution from the Goalkeeper: One Center Back Breaks Wide:
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(3) stays, (6) doesnt drop in, (4) stays central, (5) goes wide, (2) pushes on and we get out down one side. Opponents (9) and (10) stop our (4) and (3), (5) gets free to play out.

5. Distribution from the Goalkeeper Through Wing Backs:6-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

They push 3 up we get out through our wing backs. Have opponents make different choices to force the keeper to make relevant decisions in training.

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We can start to add players and build the session up. Here we close off one side so the keeper has to recognize he cant go to (3) but can go to (2).

6. Distribution from the Goalkeeper through INVERTED Wing Backs, By Ally Bain:8-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

Wing fullbacks 2 and 3 cut inside to receive the ball.

7. Distribution from the Goalkeeper through INVERTED Wing Backs, By Ally Bain:9-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

Wing fullbacks 2 and 3 cut inside to receive the ball and can receive the pass from (4) , (5) or (6) also in the buildup.

8. Distribution from the Goalkeeper hrough Central Midfield Rotation of (6) and (8):10-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

(6) Clears the space and takes the opponents (8) with him and our (8) drops in free to start the attack. This can also be done with (6) and (10).

9. Distribution Through Both Wing Backs Dropping Back:

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Center backs both push out quickly and are tracked by the two strikers. This releases spaces behind them. Both wing backs drop back into those spaces to receive the ball.

10. Distribution Through Center Backs Pushing Out:12-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

Wing full backs drop back in. They are tracked by the two strikers. This releases spaces down the sides. Both wing backs drop back into those spaces to open it up for the center backs.

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Now in an 11 v 11. Our normal way to get out from the back. We should always try this initially if it is on to do so. Try to get out thru (4), (5) or (6).

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Another way to get out thru one center back and one wingback and even (8).

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Another way to get out thru one center back (5) and (7). Wingback (2) tucks inside and may take opponents 11 with them to clear the pass for (7). A nice area to play into circled also.

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They go 3 v 3 against us to stop us playing out of the back so we try to get out through (2) and (3). Otherwise we have to push up, condense and kick it long.

This takes lots of practice with the keepers to make this pass happen consistently.

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They go 3 v 3 against us so we try to get out through (2) and (3). Otherwise we have to push up, condense and kick it long. Thye “may” see what we are doing and push 7 and 11 onto our wing backs (2) and (3).

They Push Two Players onto our Wing Backs (2) and (3):18-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

This outlet is now stopped. So we have to change our team shape from “wide and long” to “short and tight” getting ready for the long kick from the keeper.

11. They have pushed onto our Wing backs so this outlet is stopped; we have to go long as a last resort:19-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

This can still be EFFECTIVE: Now we condense as a team “short and tight”. Our (10) is good in the air so we hit him and we have a lot of players around him to win the 2nd ball. Of course opponents will readjust also. Its cat and mouse.

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This can still be EFFECTIVE: Now we condense as a team “short and tight”. Our (10) is good in the air so we hit him and we have a lot of players around him to win the 2nd ball. Of course opponents will readjust also. Its cat and mouse.

We leave their 3 strikers offside.21-Wayne-Harrison-Distribution-from-the-goalkeeper-and-playing-from-the-back

Players can gamble for the flick on from (10). Players position behind, in front and alongside (10) so wherever the 2nd ball goes we have players to pick it up. WE ABSOLUTELY MUST get better at this. Obviously opponents will position better than this defensively; but you get the point.
Article by: Wayne Harrison
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