Soccer Transitions Team Game Training Drill

Transitions Team Game

If ran as a quick paced, dynamic game, this drill will allow you to focus on transition from offense to defense.

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 9+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 15-25 min.
Emphasis: Passing, Possession, Attacking,Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 3 teams
  • grid (45yds x 60yds)
  • cones to mark off area
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • pinnies
  • have a supply of balls ready for continuous play


  • grey team in the middle zone starts with the ball and attacks one end and tries to score
  • play goes on until the grey team scores or the red team gets the ball into the middle zone under control
  • red team attacks now the opposite end defended by the blue-white team and the gray team moves
  • to the end zone vacated by the red team


  • play 4v4, 5v5 etc.
  • limit number of touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • quick transitions
  • combination play
  • angle, distance and timing of support
  • vision
  • decision making
  • verbal and visual communication

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