Author Information

Author Name:

Mike Maher

Author School:

Berkshire School 


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Even Strength

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Game, Conditioning

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on defensive strategies in causing turnovers and defending the 8-meter.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by dividing players into 2 teams. X will be offense and D will be defense. Begin with a 2v2, offense going to goal.  If a goal is scored, the coach throws a ball into the next attacking group on offense (X), and the same defenders stay in and face the new group of attack. To earn their way out, the defense must cause a turnover and come up with the ball. When they do, the next set of defenders come in. After a set time, change which team is on offense and which is on defense.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Defensive Positioning
  2. Communication – where to force the attacker with the ball
  3. Double Teams
  4. Sliding and Crashing
  5. Conditioning

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

You can make it competitive by keeping score. A goal can be worth 1 point and a caused turnover can be worth 2 points.