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Transition - Defending to attacking

Exercise description:

In a 30 x 15 space. The exercise shows 9 players. 4v4 + 1 (Can be done with larger numbers.

1. The coach serves in a ball to the orange team.

2. They attempt to keep the ball with the help of the red floater, who plays for the team in possession.

3. Two blues enter from the other box and press to try and win the ball back.

4. After five or more passes the oranges can play the ball into a target goal, which represents playing away from the pressure and passing to a wide player.

5. If blues win the ball, they find a teammate in the opposite box and all the blues, plus the floating player and two oranges transition to the next area.

Coaching points:

Reaction in the transition.

Pressure and force the play one way.

Body shape

Possession when the ball is won.

Angles of support

Intended outcome:

  • To improve winning the ball back and keeping possession.

  • Making play predictable.

  • Improve communication

  • Improve quick play and passing through chaos.

  • Help the defenders work as a unit

  • Instill competition

  • Realistic actions


Take out the number of passes needed and add a third defender.

Possible Performance Problems:

After the ball is won, the possession is hectic and not controlled.

Be ready to focus

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

React quickly in transition

Body shape

Disguised passes

Quality passing

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