Good coaches must be able to create realistic game conditions during their practices to prepare players for game day. Small-sided games with limited space, like the Transition Progression Drill below, forces players to make quick decisions and are a great way to get players a high volume of touches.
In the video clip below Dave Barrett, Illinois Wesleyan University Head Women’s Soccer Coach, demonstrates a Transition Progression Drill that can be used to re-create game pressure. The drill may would be effective in training both you offense or defense.
For more information about the DVD that this Transition Progression Drill came from click on the link Competitive Finishing Drills in Game Conditions
The YouTube video has sound so please make sure that your sound is turned on and that you have access to the site. (Some schools block access to YouTube)
The Transition Progression Drill begins with a 1v1 transition. The two players compete on a shortened field until one of them gets a shot on goal. After the shot a new opposing player will step on to the field and now the play will be 2v1 going the other direction. The drill will remain 2v1 until the next shot on goal. New players enter and now the play 3v2. The final player will enter on the next shot and the rotation ends 3v3. During the 3v3, play will continue until one team scores or until 1 minute has elapsed. That group of 6 players step off and another group of 6 prepares for the next rotation of the Transition Progression Drill.
Players are encouraged to shoot quickly. The drill is designed so that scoring opportunities develop quickly. Players should be encouraged to not pass up an opportunity to take a shoot on goal. If players play with the ball the will get very tired. The quicker they shoot, the faster they get to the 3v3 segment and can rotate out of the drill.