Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To develop offensive and defensive transitional skills and tactics.

Description of Drill-Execution

All defensive players are outside of the attack box in a straight line at the goal line extended. The offensive players are diagonally opposite the defense, 15 yards outside the corner of the attack box. Call out a number from 2-6. The offense send out that number of players, and the defense sends out one less player. This always gives the offense a man-advantage situation. You can create a 2v1, 3v2, 4v3, or 5v4 situation. Rolling the ball out to the offense begins play. You can allow play to continue until a shot is taken, the defense or goalie gains possession, or the defense clears the ball out of the box.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Transitional Offense and Defense
  2. Unsettled Situations
  3. Communication – where to force the attacker with the ball
  4. Number Advantages/Disadvantages

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

To practice moving from an unsettled to a settled situation, send in an additional defender to “even up” the situation after a specified number of passes or time.