Practice backside defender sliding to & covering the hole. (Crease slide).
Description of Drill-Execution
Play 4v4 inside the box with a goalie in the cage. One attacker and on defender are behind the goal, and the other players are in front of the goal. The three offensive players in front of the goal pick for each other and cut to get open to receive a pass from the attacker behind, who is trying to get open to feed the ball. Restart play by throwing the ball to the attacker behind the goal.
- Off Ball Defense
- Defensive Positioning
- Defensive Footwork
Variations/Progression/Increased difficulty (As your players improve their skills incorporate the following…)
Add Defender on Crease (5v5) who will slide to dodging ball carrier.
Work drill as 6v5 with 2 offensive players on crease
Practice adjacent slide package from the 4 points of the 'diamond'. Can eliminate crease play altogether (since crease D will lock on crease O) and just focus on adj slides from 4 points of the offensive 'diamond'.