Author Information

Author Name:

James Berkman

Author School:

Salisbury University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Ball Movement

Field Position:

Offense, Midfield, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To have players work ball movement and possession during a shut off situation.

Description of Drill-Execution

Set up a 4 on 4 inside the attack zone.  The players on offense must make 3 passes while being guarded by the defense that is in a TOTAL shut-off inside the box.  Once the offense completes 3 passes they can attack the goal, and the defense drops into a good help side defense.  If the offense does not make 3 passes they must go again against a fresh defense.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. V Cuts
  2. Picks
  3. Backdoors
  4. Ball Movement
  5. Decision Making Under Pressure 

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

Change the number of passes, add an extra defender and work on a chasing double team, or vary the number of player on offense and work a stall for a set time period.