Miss Behind (M1B)

Best from

  • Anywhere on the pitch. It creates the illusion of a short pass, but is an effective way of getting the ball wide.

Why it works

  • The move buys time for 13, especially against a “rush/blitz defence”. The defenders will hold their runs based on 12 and will slow to tackle him.
  • The pass behind 12 will be deeper than expected and gives 13 more time to run, kick or pass.
  • It gives 13 a little more space to run, and his opposite number should be a little more static because of not expecting 13 to get the ball.

Good if you have

  • A strong running 13 whose opposite number is perceived as being weaker.
  • Already used a couple of close moves involving 12.

What players should do

  • 10 runs forwards and passes behind 12 to 13.
  • 12 runs forwards.
  • 13 runs forwards and receives the pass from 10.

Common mistakes

  • 12 does not run forwards enough and so 10 cannot see 13. 13 needs to stand deep.
  • 12 goes too far and causes an obstruction. 10 needs to release the ball quite quickly to avoid this.

Think about

  • 13 running an “arc” outwards.
  • 12 running towards 10, hands out and shouting for the ball.
  • 10 “dummying” a short pass to 12 before releasing the ball to 13.
  • The length of pass to 13. It does not necessarily need to be long if 13 could attack the “inside shoulder” of their opposite number.


10 starts as normal. 12 and 13 start in line with each other.


12 accelerates towards 10 whilst 10 holds his line. 13 drifts wide, but does not run off too quickly.


10 passes behind 12 to 13.

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