Author Information


Dave Slafkosky




Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




Getting goalies and defenders to their “break out” spots quickly.

Description of Drill-Execution

Goalie starts with the ball, then makes a pass to one of the two defenders (D) that are breaking out from the crease area. Defenders must make “high and away” cross field pass to one of the three midfielders (1 or 3). The midfielders immediately attack the goal in a 3v2 situation.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  • Passing and Catching
  • Long Passes
  • Transition Offense and Defense

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

Allow all players to play all positions. The last midfielder to touch the ball is out while the other two stay and become the new defenders. Run drill at both ends of the field to maximize player involvement. After a set time, if the offense does not score, add a defensive player.