Quick Break Transition 2 v 2 Target Game

The following is an excerpt from Soccer Awareness eBook Two: 12 Dynamic Target Games for Soccer.

This 53 page eBook features Wayne Harrison's 12 Favorite Target Game practices. Wayne is a former professional player and has been a highly qualified professional coach for many years. He has held the position of Academy Director at Blackpool Professional Football Club in England and at Al Ain Professional Football Club in the UAE. 

The secret is to develop ideas from set Conditions which force a THEME to be practiced.

When the players master the theme and can execute it successfully using the CONDITION, take the condition out and the players then have to decide for themselves WHEN and WHERE they make their choices of what to do.

This way the players take over the decision making process from the coach (who should be there to guide only), which in the long term makes them 1000% better players for it.


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Objective:

Quick Play And Counter Attack Developing Quick Decision Making

Coaching Points Attacking:

  1. Quick break and counter attack
  2. Switching the point of attack if another goal is more open
  3. Quick one and two touch passing
  4. Positioning to open up passing lanes and getting between defenders to pass the ball in early
  5. Creating 2 v 1 situations from a 2 v 2 set up and setting up a give and go.

Coaching Points Defending:

  1. Instant pressure as possession changes (transition after scoring going from being an attacker to being a defender)
  2. Regaining possession at the front with a scoring reward
  3. Getting in front of the passing lanes to prevent the quick pass into the goal.
  4. Working together with pressure and support, the support player supporting the first defender, stepping across and covering the passing lane to the second goal and also keeping an eye on the 2nd attacker.

Transition Coaching Points:

Immediately the team that has been in possession of the ball and has scored then they must switch on mentally to become defenders and high pressure the new attacking team to try to win the ball back.

  1. A 2 v 2 game going to 4 goals. The team who scores stays on and must quickly defend the 2 new players coming in (one from each goal that the opposition defends).
  2. Instant transition with the same ball that the opponents scored with, here (3) and (4) are positioned to immediately bring the ball the opponents’ may score with out to attack. The other two players (1) and (2) must get off the field ASAP. The 1st thought of the player on the ball has to be “Can I score?”
  3. The 1st thought of the 1st defender is can I stop them scoring, win possession immediately, and score myself.

Competitive:

First team to 10 goals wins, keeping the competitive element.

  1. (A) and (B) stay on and defend trying to win the ball back and score again.
  2. You can do it with a 3 v 3 depending on numbers and using three goals each side.
  3. Liken passing into the goal as a midfielder passing into a striker so they get the ball in there as quickly as possible or a defender into a midfielder.
  4. Players must get between opponents and open up passing lanes into the goal. Here (B) scores and (4) stops the ball and brings it out to form a new attack with (3). (4)’s first thought as the ball is traveling to him is “where are the opponents weakest, where are we strongest?” This will dictate which direction the first touch of the ball is taken.

Progressions:

  1. Introduce a support player to pass back to and now it can be a 3 v 2 effectively. Players can use the target to play give and goes with each other or with their immediate teammates in the goals. Allow support player only one touch so they have to pass it quickly, make a quick decision and players receiving all need to get open to help them
  2. Limit the number of touches on the ball to speed up decision making inside the game.

Defending:

You can work on quick break but also quick pressing defensively after scoring (liken to regaining possession in the attacking third).


Get more like this in Soccer Awareness eBook Two: 12 Dynamic Target Games for Soccer.

This 53 page eBook features Wayne Harrison's 12 Favorite Target Game practices. Wayne is a former professional player and has been a highly qualified professional coach for many years. He has held the position of Academy Director at Blackpool Professional Football Club in England and at Al Ain Professional Football Club in the UAE.