Author Information

Author Name:

Matt Hogan

Author School:

Hogan Lacrosse


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Number Advantages-Disadvantages

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To work a 3v2 and 4v3 number advantage, while having players have to adjust from offense to defense in consecutive plays.

Description of Drill-Execution

Set up 3 lines of players in white behind the goal, balls with the middle line.
Set up 2 lines of players in blue up top, balls with one line.

On the coaches whistle the first 3 players behind the goal are on offense, and the first two players in blue are on defense with a 3v2 situation.
When play stops on a save, goal, or stoppage the coach will blow a double whistle (one whistle to end the play and one to send in the next 2 blue players).
The next 2 blue players enter the play with a ball from the top, and go 4v3 with the first 2 blue players vs. the 3 white players in the play.
On a stoppage, goal, or save the coach will blow another double whistle to end the play and start the next play.  The 3 white players in the middle exit the play, as well as the first 2 blue players, leaving the last 2 blue players in the play on defense.  3 new white players enter the play with a ball and go 3v2.  This continues for the duration of the drill.

Be sure to switch players from the bottom to the top or white team to blue after 4-5 minutes.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Number advantages-disadvantages
  2. Ball movement
  3. Defensive positioning
  4. Transition play

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

White players (guys behind the goal): play offense, play defense, then get off the field.
Blue guys (guys out front): 1st two players play defense, play offense, get off the field.
All blue players after: play offense, play defense, play offense, get off the field.