All of us coaches complain about the time it takes to transition from attack to defense or vice versa. I often wonder how much of this is due to our training. When we set up a finishing exercise, the repetitions usually end when a player shoots. Whether it is a goal or not, the players often relax. Are we mentally conditioning our players to take a break and therefore be slow to transition? There are many ways to improve transition. In finishing, you could force the finishing player to defend as soon as the shot is released. In the video, you will see that I set up two goals that are 40-50 yards apart and off center. Once a player shoots they are forced to defend a one v. one situation. It sets up a more realistic pressure in finishing, as well as a mental conditioning to transition. If the goalkeeper makes a save, then he or she distributes the ball to the other attacker. If the result is not a save, then the coach plays the ball to the attacker.

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3 responses to “Finishing and then Transitioning”

  1. Footie4Life says:

    I like the theory on this of the mental conditioning… interesting

  2. Aron says:

    I also like the fact that the defender has to take an angle to cut off the path of the player with the ball. Definetely something good for defenders to practice instead of a player coming straight at them all the time

  3. Kwah says:

    We do not vary our 1v1 exercises enough to account for the different angles of approach…this is a good one for 1v1’s that are not straight on.

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