High Pressure and Defensive Transition

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on defensive transition and high pressure.

This is a 6 v 6 plus keepers on half a field with 2 full sized goals and a midfield line.

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The ball starts with one of the keepers and the defending team plays Continue reading

Transition For Quick Counter-Attacks

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on transition for quick counter attacks.

Start with 5 attackers (2 forwards and 3 midfielders) attacking a goal with a keeper, 4 backs and 2 midfielders.

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Next we add 2 outside midfielders for the defending team BUT they do not get involved with Continue reading

2v2 Transition Small-Sided Game

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on 2 v 2 attacking and defending with quick transition.

Start with a 10 x 10 grid with two teams of players. Each team is assigned two end lines and they have a team of two 10 yards behind each end line

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Attacking Transition With Numbers Up

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on numbers up attacking, numbers down defending and offensive transition.

Start with a 40 x 30 grid with two full sized goals and a keeper in each goal.


Two attacking players and one defending player starts on the field and additional players from each team start on the side.


Using this example the black team attacks the top goal and when they lose possession (by scoring, by shooting and it going over the goal or wide, or by the other player or keeper winning the ball) the two attacking players leave the field and are replaced by one defending player and a second attacking player adds on and the attack goes in the other direction



This becomes a very fast moving, free flowing game of soccer and the quicker the transitions from defense to offense the more effective the attacks.

You can do this same thing with 3 v 2, 4 v 3 or even 5 v 4.  The key is to emphasize the fast transition and the importance of getting to goal quickly

Have a great day!

Lawrence