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Penetrate the back-line - (Teaching offside)

Exercise Description:

Set up as shown. All players at the start position A have a soccer ball. Run technical on both sides.

1. Variation 1 - Play A passes the ball to player B. Player B opens up and passes to running player C. The running players check away and then run behind the back-line. They must stay on side. Players move to the next cone.

2. Variation 2 - Player A  passes to B, and B plays a give-and-go with player C.

3. Variation 3 –  Player A passes to B, B passes back to A, who plays a through ball to running player D.

4. Variation 4 - Player A passes to B, and B passes back to A, who plays a through ball to running player D. Player D's run has now been made on the inside of the full-back. You may need to adjust your cones for this one.

Coaching points:

Body shape.

First touch.

Quality of pass

Check away to give space to run into.

Timing of the run


Intended outcome:

  • To get the whole team to understand the importance of runs and educate them on breaking offside traps.

  • Improve passing quality and timing of runs.

  • Improve technical passing and first touch.

  • The enjoyment of shooting in a realistic environment.

  • Get the players ready for the nest exercise.


You can also have Play A play the ball wider and Player B entering the box for player D to cross it.

Possible Performance Problems:

The running player is off-side.

Unrealistic passing - Players must visualize playing in a game.

Players may not understand the importance of accuracy on the pass.

Be ready to focus - Make decisions

Keep scanning the area and visualize playing in a game.

Accept mistakes - Find solutions

Coach your teammates


Applaud good play

Be ready to pass or receive the ball


Be willing to move

Make the tackle

Quality of the pass and first touch

Be brave when shooting

Body shape

Timing of run and pass

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