Transitions To Join The Attack

The following activities encourage players to make positive forward runs to join the attack; emphasis is placed on finding a passing option to the Striker first, with support players breaking forward from midfield to create goal-scoring opportunities.

Activity #1:

Set up:

18 Players split into two teams of 9. Playing area from 18-yard line to 18-yard line. 3 zones are created – two endzones (A) and one central zone (B). 1 Striker and 1 C. Defender are positioned in each Endzone.

Diagram A
Diagram A

Instructions:

POSSESSION WITH A PURPOSE + FAST TRANSITIONS TO ATTACK:

Play starts with a pass from the Coach (C) to either team in the central zone. Team in possession must complete 5 passes before attempting to play to their lone Striker in the endzone. After the pass is made to the Striker, players can enter the endzone to support the attack.

On transitions (winning possession), the team must look to play to their Striker immediately (no 5 pass restriction).

Continuous 1 x 8 minutes

Coaching Points:

  • Quality possession in the central area – quick ball circulation and movement
  • Movement of Striker to create passing options – stay active and alert
  • On transitions – fast in front! Look to support the Striker immediately

Progression:

Set up:

18 Players split into two teams of 9. Playing area from 18-yard line to 18-yard line. 3 zones are created – two endzones (A) and one central zone (B). Teams organised in 4-4-4-1 formations.

Diagram B
Diagram B

Instructions:

POSSESSION WITH A PURPOSE + FAST TRANSITIONS TO ATTACK:

Restrictions: 4 pass / touch limit in defensive and central zones, NO touch / pass limit in attacking zone. Teams compete for possession and attempt to score in their opponent’s goal. On transitions, team must look to play to their Striker immediately – look to play vertically with a purpose.

2 x 8-10 minutes with coaching points

Coaching Points:

  • Quick ball circulation and movement – 4 pass limit so look to play vertically through the zones quickly
  • Movement of Striker to create passing options – stay active and alert
  • On transitions – fast in front! Look to support the Striker immediately