Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:


Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5-10 min

Field Location:

Restraining Box

Skill Level:

Basic, Can be progressed



This objective of this drill is to create pressure as passes are made and to teach players to break into transition.

Drill Execution

  • This drill involves four midfielders, two attackmen, two defensemen and a goalie
  • Offense has the ball in the box and must make four passes against shutoff pressure.
  • Once four passes have been completed, the offense may press for a score as the defense drops into a soft man to man coverage.
  • With each shot, goal, or turnover, the defense will look to clear the ball.
  • Once the ball is cleared, the offense becomes the defense and the defense becomes the offense.
    • This forces long poles to be involved in the transition game, and forces attackmen to work on their defense (riding) skills
  • With any loose ball or change of possession, four passes must be completed.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Passing and catching under pressure
  2. Ability to get open under pressure
  3. Ball handling and awareness in small space
  4. Awareness in transition situations

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

  • Have your teams practice this with extra man on offense or defense. Use 4v3 or 3v4 to add or remove pressure.