Soccer Transition Exercises

Are you looking for some quality soccer exercises to improve your team’s transition abilities? Then this page is just the thing for you. With these four training examples you can immediately head off to the soccer training field. Click on one of the transition exercises to get to the description. If that is not enough for you, then register on planet.training and start finding thousands of exercises in our database.

1 vs 2 – Attack and Counter

QÜ18

Set up

Set up two goals with poles (Width 3m) opposite of the big goal.  Two defending zones (Size: 20m x 5m) are set up with each four cones. The distance between the zones is 5 meter. Determine two defenders and a goalkeeper, the other players line up behind a cone that is set up between the two pole goals. Each player at the cone should get a ball.

Execution

The coach signals the first player at the cone to start dribbling towards the two defenders waiting in their zone. The attacking player needs to dribble past both defenders, which are not allowed to leave their individual zones. If the offensive player gets passed both defenders, he tries to score the goal against the goalkeeper. In case one of the defenders is able to intercept the Ball, both defensive players will run a counter attack in a “2 on 1” against the previously attacking player. The counter attack should not last longer than 15 seconds.

Make attacking players count their points: Winning “1 vs 1”: 2 points per zone – Scoring a goal: 1 point – Losing ball to defender: -1point – Defenders scoring goal on you: -3 points. Which player is the first to get 20 total points?

How bad do you want to win?

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3 vs 3 – A Transition Game

Set up

Two goals need to be set up with poles (Width 7m) on a 15m x 20m field. Divide the group into teams of three and sent two teams to each field. One of the two teams will get the ball in the middle of the field.

Execution

The teams will play a “3 on 3” match on each field. The teams need to dribble across the goalline, in order the score a goal – Both goals can be attacked by each team! The attacking team needs to establish a fast passing and good transition game to create open spaces and make use of the circumstances that two goals can be attacked. Note that there should be a time limit of 30 seconds to each attack. If time expires, the ball is lost or the team scores a goal, the other team will kick off the ball in the middle of the field to start their attack.

Playing time: 3 x 3 minutes

QÜ15
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Are you aiming high enough?

1 vs 1 – On three goals

QÜ12

Set up

For this exercise you need to set up two sets of three pole goals (Width 4m) on a 20m x 20m field. Divide the group into groups of two (1 versus 1) – a maximum of 5 groups per field is advised. One player of each group will be assigned to the first team (Orange) and the other player to the second team (White). Each pair of players needs a ball.

Execution

Each pair is playig an open field “1 on 1”. All three opposing goals can be attacked – the ball has to be dribbled across the goal line. However there is a time limit of 20 seconds to a single attack. After scoring a goal or losing the ball the defensive players will turn into offensive and can attack the opposing goals. All pairs can play at the same time, which will improve players orientation on the pitch.

Playing time: 2 minutes per round, then change opponents. Who wins the most 1 on 1’s?

Only the strongest will succeed…

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4 vs 2 with counter attack

Set up

For this exercise you will need one half of a regular pitch, where a “4 vs 2” will be played. 10 meter in front of the halfway line, set up a pole goal (Width of penalty area). Place enough balls behind both goals. Divide the group into teams of 4 and line up one goalkeeper between the posts. Two players of the defending team will wait as substitutes next to the goal.

Execution

This exercise consists of a regular “4 vs 2” game, with both teams having the opportunity to score a goal. The attacking team (green) will start the game from the pole goal and will try to make use of the majority situation, through a quick passing game. The game will restart in front of the pole goal, with the attacking team maintaining ball possession after a goal or a missed shot. If the two defenders can intercept the ball from the attacking team, they will have the opportunity to score a counter attack goal by dribbling across the goalline of the pole goal. After two minutes the two waiting defenders will come into the game for the other two.

Playing time: Two 4 minute games will be played with each team being the attacking team once.

QÜ6