TRANSITION GAME : PLAYING OUT FROM THE BACK UNDER PRESSURE
This is a great match realistic problem solving drill that I picked up in my recent trip to the RCD Espanyol academy. The kids I saw doing this were only 7 years old and through this drill they understood the concepts of creating width and depth when in possession and being compact when defending while developing an understanding of a quick and efficient transition from Defence to attack and attack to defence.
An area of 30 m x 20 m is marked out, The Yellow ( 3 + 1 goal keeper) team are defending , the blue team ( 3 players) are attacking. Blues try and score by putting the ball between the cones past the yellow keeper while yellow try to build up play from the back and dribble the ball over the line where the coach is standing.
Yellows begin a few metres nearer their own goal than the blues , both teams awaiting the coaches signal.
The coach plays the ball behind the Yellow teams backline. The Yellows must immediately recover get control of the ball while being pressed by the Blue team.
The Yellows play the ball back to the goalkeeper , immediately creating width and depth .
Now the blues must defend and press the yellow team. Here the goalkeeper plays the ball out to the right back who has created width and has a good body shape to receive the ball ( Open to the play, good angle and receiving the ball with the foot that is furthest away )
Through various combinations of play the yellow team try to build up play and dribble the ball over the line where the coach is standing.
If the Yellow team lose possession they must try and get compact as soon as possible closing off the dangerous central area.