Home > How we play > In possession > Out of possession > Transition
Transition is the process of recognition and response in the first few moments following the regaining or loss of possession.
Responding quickly and intelligently to a changeover in possession, will allow England teams to exploit attacking opportunities and effectively re-organise defensively when out of possession.
What skills are needed for effective transition?
Recognising the state of the game and responding with instinctive, intelligent and positive decisions is the startpoint for effective transitional play.
Once the player in possession (or the player closest to the ball in defensive transition) makes a decision, the supporting units and the rest of the team must support the initial movement for transition to be effective.
The goalkeeper plays a key role in transition by exploiting opportunities to begin attacking moves as well as positioning, organising and communicating effectively during defensive transition.
The fluid nature of the game means each aspect of possession is closely linked. Possession may be lost or won at any stage prompting transition.
Who we are
How we play
The future England player
How we coach
How we support