Soccer Sudden Transition Training Drill

Sudden Transition

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs)(8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 10+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • grid (35yds x 45yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies


  • play 6v6
  • each team defends a goal
  • on coach’s command the attacking team leaves the ball to the defending team who quickly attacks


  • limit number of touches for attacking team
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • support position lateral to ball
  • combination play (1-2, double pass, overlap, take over)
  • unbalancing the defense
  • create space for others
  • attack space behind defense
  • supporting angle and distance to ball


  • quick transition
  • positioning to provide cover and balance
  • defend vital space – squeeze toward center (compactness-concentration)
  • defend space behind
  • track players

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