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Transition and Overload

By Sean Reed –


This session will focus on the transition from an attacking phase to a defending phase with an overload.

Set Up – 1st Phase

Diagram 1

Set Up

  • 12 Outfield players and 2 Goalkeepers
  • The pitch is 2x penalty boxes with an extra 5yds
  • Team in Red bibs start with 3 players each side of the post
  • Team in Black bibs with 2 players to the side and the other 4 (2 either side of the post)
  • Player on the side plays a pass from the 1st pole into the GK’s feet then makes run past the 2nd pole to receive the ball from the GK
  • Player takes a 1st touch to set for a finish, then strikes on goal

Coaching Points

  • Quality of pass into GK
  • Movement and angle of support
  • 1st touch to create shooting opportunity
  • Finish on target

Set Up – 2nd Phase

Diagram 2

Set Up

  • The player who has just taken the shot is now required to defend 2v1
  • (Team in Red Bibs) 1st player plays a pass into a 2nd player, then makes an overlapping run round to support
  • The 2v1 are attacking and looking to finish on goal
  • If the defending player wins possession then they can look score
  • This phase ends with either a goal, in GK’s hands or ball out of play

Coaching Point

  • Switch of mindset Attacking to defense
  • Defender player try to isolate player in possession of the ball and keep them going away from goal
  • Attacking players play quickly
  • Forward runs to create passing opportunity
  • Positive in 1v1 situation
  • End product on target

Set Up – 3rd Phase

Diagram 3

Set Up

  • From a 2v1 to a 2v2 situation
  • (Team in black bibs) Player on the post must play a pass before attacking
  • (Team in red bibs) switch of mindset from defense to attack

Coaching Points

  • Play quickly to exploit the mindset and unprepared nature of the opposition
  • Be positive and direct in attacking area
  • Create space and shooting opportunities
  • Forward movement to create situations
  • Look to create 2v1 or 1v1 in attacking favour
  • Defending maintain supporting and covering distances and angles
  • Avoid being isolated
  • Keep the attacking player going away from goal

Set Up – 4th Phase

Diagram 3

Some Coaching Points

  • As within the previous phases

By Sean Reed
Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Web – www.seanjreed.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed