Soccer Transition Game # 5 Training Drill

Transition Game # 5

Transition is the change from a defensive stance when you don’t have the ball.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

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


  • play 5v5
  • each team has 2 attackers in the attacking half and 3 defenders in the defending half
  • if possession is won the ball has to be passed across the middle line to one of the two attackers
  • now one defender can move up into the attacking half to support his attackers
  • if possession is lost the defender that went forward must get back to defend in his own defensive
  • half (he cannot defend in his attacking half)


  • limit number of touches
  • allow two defenders to move up into attacking half
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • supporting angle and distance to ball
  • support position lateral to ball
  • combination play (1-2, double pass, overlap, take over)
  • quick transition

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