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What is the best drill for teach hit outs at 16's?

My team have asked for drills to help them at 16s, can anyone help me

There are lots of drills to help with the skills of getting the ball out of the back on the site. But the simple instruction to a team before the game is that no player is allowed to hit the ball from a 16 yard hit (so every player close to the ball will become more alert because normally the ball flies past) and to take 16 yard hits quick (so the opposition has not lined up yet).These two instruction should help your team to get the ball out of the back from a 16 yard hit.

I believe it also has to do with the age your training as different age groups have different demands. Try to a drill where your full backs are falling back to give more space in the mid field, as you will get more players that can receive the ball. I want my players to have patience and use the complete field.

Here is a great practice for your team to help pass the ball around the back and create space and time by looking at the oppositions movement.

Attacking from the back

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Team 1 has to pass the ball around the back and never miss out more than 1 player.

Whenever the ball is received by one of the wide players they have to try and get to the half way line without being tackled by one of the opposition wingers. This tackler can only be released by receiving the ball and leaving it in their coned area.

When the player running to the half way line is closed down by one of the tacklers they should try and switch the ball around the back. Team 1 is not allowed to pass the ball through the coned area.

over the last 5 years as lead coach for hertfordshire boys U17, I have developed a set of 3 options for the taker and team to use. As Bram says the key for each is to take the hit quickly and not allow the opposition to settle. the 2nd key piece is that ball has to move quickly and accurately to where it is intended to go and once received the momentum has to kept up. The 3 choices are: 1. Pass back to player on back line on opposite side on the goal and then get the ball up tha side quickly. 2. Pass the ball to player standing on same side as hit but further out to the side and then get the ball up the side quickly. 3. Final option is to use a player short that stops the ball to allow the hitter to aerial ball to opposite side for counter-attack. I have this season taken on 2 club coaching roles and passed this on them and it seems to still work! Excuse there being no drawing but my computer doesn't like the darwing board!

This season I have been encouraging players to use the self pass to attack the press and look for a simple 2v1, then once the press is broken space quickly opens up.

Self Pass - Attack the Press


Attack the Press, whether taking a free hit quickly or late with the self pass rule, a attacking press is easily beaten, drive at it and there should always be a pass, through the pressing players left foot. In this example you get the ball early to the Center Mid/ Half who then has options to open up play.

Hey, first timer here. Been playin for a long time as a forward, now tryin the coachin side and sometimes neglect defensive tactics, so your points are logged. Coaching at a school, so kids 12-18, hard to apply an overall rule. Brams points are basicly what I preach to the younger groups, ie not always the kid with the biggest hit to go route 1. A few simple rules that still allow freedom for expression, which is why i've always played the game. As they progress, we can become more technical. Non of you have really gone into detail though about what the other 9 should be looking to do to aid the player on the ball. Any drills?

Here is a simple drill to talk That I use with new teams to talk about positioning to each other in relation where the ball might be. Bram

Unopposed 11-a-side

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The team has to pass the ball around the team using two touches. However, when ever players run out of position, a player misses the ball or runs with the ball, the coach throws in a new ball and the team has to react to the new ball (keeping the shape of the team at all times).

This video shows good examples for outletting and supports the above answers

Attacking Outletting

Hi! First time answer here so please bear with me! I coach an adult Ladies team and occasioanlly stand in coaching a Men's team as well. I find a good way to drill the guys is to teach them to seek out triangles for passing. Going back to the left back should mean that the left midfield goes wide to make a triangle between him, LB and centre mid. Same applies on the right. At the same time, the taker should always drop back into the D, to be an outlet if the backs or midfield have no options. That way, the switch from side to side is usually on. At the end of the day, it's more important to keep the ball than to blast it down route 1 for the sake of territory. I also try to emphasise the importance of movement to the guys not taking. Static players are too easy to mark!

My coach ( im a player) tells us to self pass ( if you play with those rules) and run foreward. if you do this you open up gaps to thread balls through, so you can go straight on the attack.


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  1. always use the selfpass
  2. try to open to the right side of the pitch
  3. when the ball goes over de backline, you do not have to take the free hit at the 16 yards! you can also play the ball from 1 inch in the pitch

I always say

  1. try to pass to a midfielder.
  2. try to switch the play (left or right although the right side is better)
  3. use the self pass (becarefull not to run in the denfenders and another point  about the self pass is that palyers have their head down and doesn't look into the field any more)
  4. take your 16 yard hits quick if you can

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