Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To develop offensive and defensive cutting skills.

Description of Drill-Execution

Two lines of midfielders, one offensive and on defensive, stand at the top of the attack box. One midfielder from the defensive line steps forward to defend the cutting offensive midfielder. Two attackers, each with a ball, stand behind the goal, with the goalie in position. On the coach’s whistle, the cutter runs at the defender, fakes, and cuts to a feeder who passes the ball. Be sure the cutter head fakes as he moves toward the feeder and that he angles to the edge of the crease to avoid running into it. Teach the defender to watch the cutter’s hips-not his head, shoulders or eyes.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Denying cuts and passes defensively
  3. Timing Cuts and Passes
  4. Feeding

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

You can change the angle of the ball and move the feeders to the top and have the cutter coming from the goal line extended.