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Offside and possession ideas for u11/ 12s who are new to the game?

I have a team of u11/12s and only 2 of them have played league football before. We have had several games now and they are getting better but we are running out of drills to do with them... They need to work on: passing, offside rule, possession play. I have struggled most of all because I used to coach at the Bournemouth academy where every player knows what there doing. Any suggestions on what I could do? Massively appreciated thank you!

When you say offside rule... do you mean defensively creating an offside line or when in offense and staying onside?

Defensively as in they dont understand when i say about pushing up the pitch why and they all know the rule just not how to use it, i only get an hour a week which isn't helping! thanks

Hi Zak,

I'm sure I've seen it in here, but another Coach, to get his defensive line, staying as 1 unit, used skipping ropes. That is, 4 defenders, 3 ropes, each defender takes an end and if for instance your left back, goes to defened on the left, then the other 3 shuffle over to cover. The same with playing offside, get your player who understands or delegate one to make the call when to move up.

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