I see a lot of statistics on the TV that often show the teams with the most possession don't always win games – you can have the ball as much as you want but if you are not doing something different then it's much easier for the defence to break the attack down. Keeping the ball is a small part of the game, you have to make use of it. MORE
Transitions: Your number’s up
This is a session where players must concentrate on the game they are playing and listen out for their number to be called – when it is they join a different game.
Why use it
This is a great game for transitions with two different ways to score and players moving to another game leaving spaces for teams to attack.
You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals. Set up an area 45 x 20 yards split into two 20 x 20 yard zones with a 5 yard space between the. We used 18 players in the session.
How to play
You need to split your players into four teams plus two neutral players. Teams play 4v4 on each pitch plus a neutral player who plays for the team in possession. Number each of the four teams 1-4. In the first zone players score by receiving a pass in the end zone and in the second zone it is by scoring in the goals. When the coach calls out a number or a series of numbers the players with that number switch games leaving a 3v3 for however long it takes each player to switch.
Communication, passing and movement, scoring in two ways and reacting to the coaches call
- 1. There are two games going on side by side in which teams are playing 4v4
- 2. The neutral player plays for the attacking team – scoring is different in each of the zones
- 3. The moment of transition can be when the ball is intercepted like it is here and players react to the situation and score
- 4. Here the team wins the ball back and move to secure it before playing forward
- 5. The coach calls out a number and the corresponding players must move from one scoring area to another