Author Information

Author Name:

Jeremy Adams

Author School:

Elizabethtown Area High School


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:


Drill Style:

Defensive Clearing

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To work on clearing to the defenders, then getting the ball across the midfield line.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by setting up 2 lines behind the goal. The goalie calls for a break out and two defenders run to the sidelines along goal line extended. The goal passes the ball to one of the defenders for an outlet pass. Once the first pass is made the defenders throw it to the goalie and then go to the mid field line. Once the goalie has the ball again two new defenders break out for another outlet pass. Now that there are 4 defenders on the field for an outlet pass the goalie has the option of where they want to throw the pass to. Continue until there are 6 total defenders on the field and have them work the ball all the way down to the other end of the field.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ball Movement
  2. Clearing
  3. Communication

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

You can require that the defense make a certain amount of passes before reaching the other side of the field. In addition, you can require the defenders run a weave down to the other side of the field.