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Attacking after regaining the ball on the midfield - Transition

Attacking after regaining the ball on the midfield - Transition

  • 4 poles
  • sufficient markers to outline the field
  • 1 goal
  • 7 vests (red in the picture)
  • sufficient balls to ensure continuity
  • Playing area: 60x55 meters
  • Players: 16 + goalkeepers
  • Duration: 24 minutes
  • Series: 2 series of 10 minutes with 2 minutes of passive recovery
Summary Secondary Objectives
Attacking action after regaining the ball for fast counter attacks
Pass, Finishing, Pass and move, Creating width and depth, Switching the attack, Improvisation, Mobility, Defensive shape, Zone defensive, Management and limitation of risk, Man on man, Solid and unit

Form a 60x55 meters area (About 10-15 meters after the half field line). Place 2 goals next to the goal line, using the poles. The game is played with 9 players wearing white t-shirts, 7 with red t-shirts plus the goalkeeper. One of the 9 attacking players must have the ball and play as support (without moving forward way too much). Also the 3 players that represent the defenders (A1, A2 and A3 in the picture) remain in their position in order to support. The 7 defenders try to recover the ball and take it out passing through the small goals before reaching 5 consecutive passes.

  • The game starts simulating that players lose the ball on D4, right on the midfield, with a pass towards A1. A transition situation is set, from the defense to the attack. The team that attacks must place its players wide apart in order to look for some depth
  • D4 passes the ball to A1, simulating a wrong pass that allows players to start the attacking phase
  • A1 tries to get rid of the pressure and play with the attacking teammates
  • A1 passes the ball taking into account the best passing lanes and combinations



  • Both teams perform a thematic match of ball possession
  • The team that attacks (white one) get 1 point if they score in the goal
  • The team that defends (red ones) get 1 point when they pass through the goals
  • Allow all attacking players to participate in the action and move forward (None of the players stands still on the same position).
  • Add a defender in order to create a defense of 4 and a midfielder to have a midfield with 3 players
  • Change the position of ball recovery that initiates the attacking phase
Coaching Points
  • Useful exercise to train what players should do after recovering the ball
  • Exercise that trains the team for breadth and depth movements during an attacking action
  • Immediate breadth movement of attacking players right after recovering the ball
  • Create exchanges with triangulation
  • Midfielders and forwards should make use of sprints in order to unmark themselves
  • Move the ball quickly towards the outside of the recovery point from the midfield
  • Encourage players to face a 1vs1 or 2vs1 with defenders
  • Encourage players to execute long passes in order to switch the orientation, in depth passes, overlapping runs and wall passes
  • Ask players to play keeping their head up

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