Transition Game

  • Organisation

    • 4 mini-goals

    • 2 teams consisting of 4 players each

  • Process

    Two teams play against each other and players have unlimited touches.

    If a team scores, the goalscorer has to run around both goals before he can come back into the game.

  • Tip

    Coaching Points:

    • Stay tight in defense and slow down the opposition after scoring a goal, since your down one player
    • After conceding a goal, teams should immediately take a new ball and attack since the opposition is down a man and therefore vulnerable

Training Set

Main point


30 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U08, U23+


Quick transitioning (defense to offense), Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Man down/Man up, Transitional play (shifting the game)


Soccer-specific endurance

General Training Goals


Tactical drills, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

8 players

Form of Training

Group training

Skill Level


Participating Players

Forwards, Midfielders, Defenders


Cooperation within the team, Defensive behaviors, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Indoor, Turf field

Author: Tom Pilarski

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