Soccer Transitions Game # 6 Training Drill

Transitions Game # 6

Small Sided Games provide many critical game like situations. It is difficult for players to “hide” as all players must attack and defend at the same time.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 6+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Dribbling, Attacking, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 teams
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 regular goals
  • 2 cone goals (4-5yds)
  • pinnies


  • each team defends and attacks one goal with goalie plus an adjacent cone goal
  • coach plays the ball in determines how many players from each team come on the field to play (1v1, 2v2, 3v3, 4v4 or 5v5)
  • if a goal is scored all players leave the field until coach decides how many players play in the next game
  • teams score on cone goals by dribbling through it (2 points)


  • teams can score on any goal
  • one team defends the cone goals and the other team the goals with goalies
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:

  • communication
  • support teammates
  • fast transitions
  • spread out
  • quick finish
  • switch point of attack
  • quick decision making

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