Author Information

Author Name:

John Stevenson

Author School:



Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Skill, Warm-Up

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To teach defensive extend and recovery.

Description of Drill-Execution

Coach throws a lob pass to one of the two offensive players (X). The defenders (D) must correctly approach the ball and then recover to the inside once their man has passed the ball to another offensive player.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Footwork
  2. Communication
  3. Sliding and Crashing
  4. Forcing
  5. Denying cuts and passes defensively

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

Add an extra offensive player as an outlet pass. Attack the goal from multiple locations. Allow it to become a 1v1 with the offensive player shooting should he beat the defender.