Author Information


Lou Corsetti


Riverwood High School, Atlanta GA


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Skill, Conditioning

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To practice goalie and defensive clear outs with pressure. Also focuses on re-defending for attackers and possession. To improve transition offense and defense.

Description of Drill-Execution

Goalie starts with a ball in the crease and makes an outlet pass to one of the three X players. X players go towards the opposite goal and play a 3v2 against the D players. The last X players to touch the ball (shot, bad pass, drop, etc…) must get back and play defense against the D players in the 2v1. The remaining X players drop out of the drill and go into the D lines. The goalie can give an outlet pass to D to start 2v1 or the D can recover a groundball. After D players and lone X play the 2v1, 3 new players are released to restart the drill.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  • Passing and Catching
  • Clearing
  • Defensive Breakouts
  • Cutting and Feeding
  • Transition Offense and Defense

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

Set up multiple goals and run several groups to maximize player involvement. Set a time limit for the shot. Have goalie use a ground ball instead of a pass. Coach can blow whistle and player with ball must roll it out of the way and a new ball can be thrown or rolled in anywhere.