Author Information

Author Name:

John Stevenson

Author School:

Georgetown University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:


Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To have the defender understand their role in relation to the ball.

Description of Drill-Execution

Player X1 starts with the ball and passes to X2. AS the pass is being made, D2 extends out to cover X2 and D1 recovers to the inside to help D4 cover X5. AS the ball moves around the perimeter, the appropriate defender extends to cover the ball, while the off-ball defenders recover to help guard X5 (ie: when the ball moves to X3, D3 extends and D2 recovers, etc…)

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Communication
  3. Off Ball Defense
  4. Sliding and Crashing
  5. Denying cuts and passes defensively

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

Attack the goal from multiple locations. Initially do not allow passes to X5 until recovery technique is mastered. Once technique is mastered allow it to be played as a 5v4 with the offense being given a chance to score if they move the ball quickly enough.