In this post we explain the phrase ‘to play out from the back‘ which is used to describe a style of football. If you have questions or comments, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Football Language: Play out from the back
We know that there are different ways to play the game – some teams prefer a more direct style which involves lots of long balls, while others prefer a more possession-style game – they keep the ball a lot more. These types of teams tend to play out from the back which means that they pass the ball out from the goalkeeper to defenders rather than kicking it long.
They do this to try and entice the opposing team to press them so that there will be more space in behind them. Some teams are really good at doing this, for example, Manchester City, as they can break the press with one or two passes, including from their goalkeeper. This type of play may be seen as risky as a team can lose the ball right in front of their goal but more and more managers like their team to play out from the back.