Author Information

Author Name:

John Stevenson

Author School:



Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:

Skill, Conditioning

Time Needed:

5 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To develop footwork necessary for successful defense and teaching defensive holds.

Description of Drill-Execution

Offense player has a ball and “run the arc” trying to get about the goal line extended. The defender must maintain proper position and holds to turn the offensive player back behind the goal line extended.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Quick Change of Direction
  2. Defensive Footwork
  3. Dodging
  4. Defensive Positioning

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

Add an extra offense player as an outlet pass to the dodger. Attack the goal from multiple locations. Allow it to become a 1v1 with the offensive player shooting should he beat the defender.