Soccer Middle Third Transition Training Drill

Middle Third Transition

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Medium-Hard
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 3 zones
  • 2 goals with goalies
  •  pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks a goal
  • players can move ball into next zone only by passing it to a teammate


  • 2 touches max. in defending and attacking third (free play in middle zone)
  •  adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • vision
  •  constant movement
  •  angles of support to receive ball
  •  good ball movement

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