Author Information

Author Name:

Matt Hogan

Author School:

Annapolis Hawks


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:


Drill Style:


Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




To improve on defensive approach above the goal line extended.

Description of Drill-Execution

Defensive players are in one line starting on the crease. At the coach’s signal, they approach the top cone and address the dodger. The defenders goal is to force the dodgers down the alley away from the center of the field.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Forcing
  3. Sliding
  4. Defensive Footwork

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

Allow attackman and midfielders to participate to simulate the situations they encounter with dodgers. (ie: riding for attackman). Increase speed of drill as players become better at positioning. Approach from both sides to simulate defensive sliding from multiple angles.