Author Information

Author Name:

Wendy Stone

Author School:

Longwood University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Transitions, Number Advantages/Disadvantages

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

20 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




Attack: Move the ball quickly to generate a scoring opportunity.

Defense: Communicate, work to put pressure on the ball and create a turnover then attack quickly.

Description of Drill-Execution

Set up the drill as seen in the diagram below with 4 lines at the top in one color piney, 3 lines below the goal line extended in another color piney, and a coach at the restraining line with balls. The coach rolls a ball out to one of the 3 players behind the cage and 2 players from the middle two top lines drop in to play defense. The attack should look to move the ball quickly and play out the 3 v 2 looking for the best scoring opportunity. If the goalie makes a save or the defense causes a turnover, they outlet to one of the outside lines and attack as a 4 v 3 with the initial 3 attackers now becoming defenders. If the attack scores in a 3 v 2, the coach sends a ball into one of the two outside lines at the top and they immediately attack as a 4 v 3. If the defense or goalie gets the ball in the 4 v 3, play it out until they clear it past the restraining line. All players clear out and the coach rolls a ball into a new group and the drill starts again. Play for 5 – 10 minutes then switch the teams so each gets to play the 3 v 2 and 4 v 3.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Quick transition and passing
  2. Communication
  3. Defensive slides

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

  • Add a recovering defender
  • Play it as a 4 v3 to a 5 v 4
  • Make it a competition and keep score