A Transition Game Maintaining Shape and Balance Throughout the Team in a 9 v 9 - Training Center Exclusive

A Transition Game Maintaining Shape and Balance Throughout the Team in a 9 v 9 - Training Center Exclusive

Building 9 v 9 team play up through various conditions of play

  • Players stay in their own thirds to establish team shape

  • Transition between thirds

  • 9 v 9 rotation of players

  • Possible passing options

  • Overlap play from wide defenders

  • Introducing offside

  • Overload in attack to maintain possession

  • Transitions between thirds for defending team also

  • Working with four zones

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