Author Information


Lou Corsetti


Riverwood High School


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Numbers Advantages/Disadvantages

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Game, Skill

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To improve ball movement in close quarters with pressure.

Description of Drill-Execution

Midfielder (M) starts with a ball in the middle. He, along with the other midfielders (M) plays keep away from the defensive midfielders (X). Players may not go below the cones or above the restraining line. Cones should be set approximately 10 yards inside the restraining line.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Passing and Catching with Pressure
  2. Communication
  3. Riding and Clearing
  4. Long Passes

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

Set a time limit for the clearing team to retain possession. After time expires introduce a fifth player or remove a clearing player. Allow it to become a 4v5 to the goal if the riding team gains possession. Can also be run between restraining boxes to allow more space for players to work within or to add additional players into the drill.