Author Information

Author Name:

Ted Garber

Author School:



Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ground Balls

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To work on scooping up ground balls, stepping into passing lanes and then finding the open player.

Description of Drill-Execution

Player X1 starts with the ball and rolls it to X4 for a ground ball scoop. X4 scoops the ground ball and immediately passes it back to X5. X5 must now move the ball to X1 for a shot on goal.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ground Balls
  2. Stepping into Passing Lanes
  3. Clearing space offensively
  4. Passing and Catching

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

Bounce the ball. “Rapid Fire”, meaning a quick succession of shots. Coach shoots off of an outlet pass from a back-up goalie. Goalie makes outlet passes to a back up goalie.