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:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To develop footwork necessary for successful defense.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start the drill with the coach throwing a lob pass to one of the four offense players (X). The offense then dodges to the goal. The defender (D) must come out to meet the ball as the offense is catching it, then correctly address the ball and prevent the dodger from getting a shot off.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Footwork
  2. Defensive Positioning
  3. 1v1
  4. Forcing

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

Add an extra offensive player as an outlet pass to the dodger. Attack the goal from multiple locations.