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:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on ball movement and good decision making within the attack zone under pressure.

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. Good Decision Making
  2. Ball Movement
  3. Communication
  4. Slides and Crashing
  5. Forcing

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

You can build the drill to a 4v3 by adding an attacker and defender for each team.