Soccer 3v3 Transition Training Drill

3v3 Transition

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-15 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (40yds x 50yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 cone goals (4-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • all three teams on the grid
  • teams score by dribbling through cone goal
  • red team attacks grey team’s goal
  • if grey team wins the ball the red team is out of the game but remains on the field
  • grey team now attacks blue team’s goal
  • scoring team stays on and direction of play changes


  • play 2v2, 4v4 etc.
  • minimum of 3 touches
  • teams score by dribbling across opponent’s end line
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • decision making
  • communication
  • quick finish
  • good first touch
  • attack open space
  • quick transition

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