Transition and counter


This practice allows small units of players to work together in transition and counter attack.


Set up a 30×40 area with goals at either end – or use mini goals if not using goalkeepers. Play 3v3 (plus keepers optional). Depending on numbers, and how much rest time you want to give each team, the non-playing teams should scatter themselves around the side of the pitch.


In our example, the Reds and Whites are playing each other in images 1 and 2. The team in possession tries to score in the opposite goal – once a goal is scored, that team stays on and the conceding team leaves the pitch (both keepers remain on the pitch if used). What you are looking for is how quickly the team that scored can get the ball back into play and attack the opposite-end goal. The next team on – in our example, the yellows (seen coming on in image 2) – must quickly enter the pitch and defend the goal.


This practice works on developing positive decision making, speed of thought, awareness of space and time, 1v1 attacking and defending scenarios, team combination play and rotation of movement to create space. It is also good for fitness.

1. Two teams compete to be the first to score, with other teams spread around the pitch perimeter

2. Here, Whites score so will remain on the pitch, with Yellows coming on to replace Reds

3. Whites must now react quickly to attack the opposite goal, while Yellows must be alert to get into position to defend the goal

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