TRANSITION: Focusing on concentration, reaction and competitiveness.
This session is focused on transition, concentration and competitiveness. It is an intense, competitive session and players will love it. The session does not follow the normal warm up, technical work etc format but it is our opinion that there is no one “correct” format for a session. There is not a typical progression, instead the session focuses on speed of thought and action, concentration and competitiveness.
Dynamic warm up with passing and receiving
Rondo with transition and speed reaction
- Play a rondo – 6 vs 2 is shown here but any number could work
- The players in the middle are wearing the same color jersey but for purposes of clarity we have shown them in different colors.
- The 6 players are divided into 3 teams of 2.
- When the ball is lost (touch for the defenders) both players from the the team that lost the ball must sprint out of the grid at OPPOSITE ends and around the poles that are placed about 5 yards out of the grid. The last of the 2 back into the grid picks up a 3 push up penalty which they perform at the end of the practice or in a break.
- While the 2 are running around the poles the other players perform one touch passing so it is crucial that they are aware of where the sprinting players are as they reenter the grid. As soon as they reenter the practice continues.
- The ball is only lost if the defending players play it out of the grid so if the defenders win it the forwards need to instantly transition to win the ball back before this can happen.
- Good quality in the possession
- Instant transition and reaction upon losing the ball
- As below
- One player attacks then as soon as they shoot they transition to defense as a player from the opposing team enters the field and goes to goal.
- Quality and calmness in the finish
- Instant transition reaction to defend upon losing the ball
- Get in between the line of the attacker to the goal if possible and adjust the defensive strategy from there.
- This game is highly demanding so ensure that you have a large enough pool of players and allow breaks for recovery.
Possession game with different transition objectives for team in possession and defending team:
- Create 2 teams – we have 6 a side but it could be more or less.
- The neutral and two goalkeepers play for the team designated the “possession team.” Add more or less neutrals as required.
- Designate one of the teams as the possession team. Their objective is to keep the ball for the next 2 minutes. Every time the ball goes out immediately play another ball into the possession team.
- If the defending team win the ball they can score in either of the 2 large goals so the possession team must react instantly to prevent this.
- If the defending team win the ball (defined as making one pass or having a shot at goal) and the possession team win the ball back then if they can get a player into either of the 2 end zones within a set time (7 seconds?) they win a point. This represents a situation where a team wins the ball and instantly we have forward runners to space.
- If the transition opportunity for the possession team does not present itself within 7 seconds they revert to trying to maintain possession.
- Reverse the roles of the teams after 2 minutes and keep score over the 2 games.
- If your team is very strong play in an area the width of the penalty area or else adjust accordingly.
- Quality and calmness in possession.
- Instant offensive and defensive transition
- Play a free game without any restrictions.