Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To develop skill and teamwork on ground balls.

Description of Drill-Execution

Three lines of players stand five yards apart. Roll out a ball between the middle player and either of the end lines. The players in the first two lines are teammates, and the players in the third line are their opponents. The players in the teammates’ line work together against a single opponent to win a ground ball. The player closest to the ball goes to scoop the ground ball, and the other player goes between the ball and the opponent’s body to body check him from the front or side and above the knees. Make sure teammates communicate clearly and correctly.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Communication
  3. Number Advantages/Disadvantages
  4. Passing Under Pressure

Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)

You can the angle of where the ground ball is coming from, behind, in front, or off to the side. Also you can allow this to go to goal.