Author Information

Author Name:

John Stevenson

Author School:



Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:

Skill, Warm-Up

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To teach defensive sliding, extending and recovery.

Description of Drill-Execution

Player X2 starts by split dodging D2. D2 calls “Fire” as X2 is beginning his dodge. The “Fire” call tells D3 to slide to X2. On the fire call, D2 leaves X2 and recovers to replace D1, who has slid to cover X3. X2 passes the ball to X3. X3 can either shoot or look to pass to X1 if the defense has not recovered.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Positioning
  2. Communication
  3. Defensive Footwork
  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. Allow it to become a 1v1 with the offensive player (X1 or X3) shooting should he beat the defender.