Offensive transition

Offensive transition

How to define it?

Firstly, it is important to emphasize that an offensive transition does not always result in a goal-scoring opportunity. In my opinion, the key aspect of this moment is to take advantage of the temporary disorganized opponent´s system to then take over their defensive field as quickly as possible.

The action starts as soon as the team regains ball possession, leading to two different possibilities:


A- to create an opportunity to conclude the play by finishing in goal (as shown in the video).

Pros: If performed well it can be a killer strategy to disturb and defeat an opponent;

Cons: There is a high-risk chance of giving away ball possession in a hasty and unnecessary way.


B- to begin the offensive organization, however, already occupying the opponent´s defensive zone.

Pros: It decreases the chances of losing ball possession again when hurrying to counter-attack;

Cons: A chance is given to the opponent to reorganize its team without suffering much disturb or danger.


In both scenarios, it is all a matter of “gaining ground”.

The fitness level must also be considered when choosing one of the two approaches since too much intensity put into consecutive explosive actions can make a great impact on the team´s energy sources.

Distinguishing between one approach and another is what differentiates well-trained teams from others.

In both cases, there are common aspects that can be observed. Here are some:

-Quick decision making;
-Speed of play;
-Switching play

All these will give you chances to:

-Exploit open spaces left by the opponent;
-Breakthrough defensive lines (either through passes or an individual play).

Have good training sessions!

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