Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Even Strength

Field Position:

Midfield, Offense, Defense

Drill Style:

Games, Skill

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




This drill is great for teaching players 1 v 1 tactics and skills on both offense and defense.  It also teaches off ball players to get open for their teammates.

Description of Drill-Execution

This drill is played sideline to sideline with 15m boundaries. X3 and X2 play 1v1 to the midway point.  X4 works off ball and times cut to receive the ball from X2.  X2 passes to X4; X4 changes direction and accelerates to sideline. 

X2 tries to give-and-go or trail; X3 continues to play defense until sideline; reverse players and drill to go back to the opposite sideline.

X4 becomes defense and X3 becomes attack.  They play a 1v1 to the midway point.  X1 works off ball and times cut to receive from X3.  Continue play to the sideline.  Then X1 becomes defense and X4 becomes attack.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Positioning
  2. Stick Protection
  3. Maintaining Possession
  4. 1v1

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

Change to a competitive pick up to 1v1 before pass to decipher who is attack and who is defense.

Add defense to the player receiving the pass.