Author Information

Author Name:

Wendy Stone

Author School:

Longwood University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Man Up/Down Situations

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To work on making good decisions in unsettled play and number advantages/disadvantages situations.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by dividing the players into 2 teams. Set up the drill in a 15x20yd box with a 3v2 on each side of the box. Players must communicate which lines will be the 1v1 while the opposite side is a 3v2 which builds to make a 4v3. Coach rolls a ground ball out whichever team gains possession is on offense, the other on defense. Play keep away, 4v3 or 3v4 depending on which team gets the ground ball.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ball Movement
  2. Maintaining Possession
  3. Find the Open Player
  4. Communication
  5. Double Teaming

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

Create a time limit or a number of passes the players must get to end the drill.