How Pass Out of the Back While Under Pressure

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity helps a player work the ball out of the back under pressure

Start with a player defending the goal out wide around 35 yards from goal. A player attacking the goal starts 5 yards further back. There is a keeper in goal and a server toward the middle of the field with balls.


The server plays a ball toward the end line and the players chase after it


The yellow player (player defending the goal) should be able to get to the ball first since he started closer to the ball. He has a couple of options.

Option 1

The player can shield the ball and let it go over the end line for a goal kick


Option 2

The player can try to turn and play the ball out of the back (this would only be a good option if he has a lot of space or the opponent has over played the situation



The player can pass the ball to the keeper who can then play the ball out of the back



The player can play the ball over the side line, conceding a throw in


Ideally, option 4 wouldn't be chosen but the reality is there are times when this is the best option. While the yellow player is the one playing the ball, in most cases the decision making is made by the keeper based on what he sees. This is an excellent activity to work on the communication between the keeper and the backs.

Have players ready to go so as soon as a play is over, the next two begin.

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By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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