Author Information

Author Name:

Wendy Stone

Author School:

Longwood University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Even Strength

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:


Skill Level:




To work on ball movement under pressure in a confined space.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by dividing up players into 2 teams. Both teams are line up outside of the center circle with a 4v1 to begin the drill inside the center circle. Alternate who is on offense/defense each time. If the ball goes out of bounds the coach throws another ball into play. This is a man up/down keep away game. After the offense makes 4 complete passes, another defender is added, build to a 4v4. Play 5 balls or a set amount of time then switch roles.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ball Movement
  2. Maintaining Possession
  3. Intercepting
  4. Blocking

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

You can keep score by counting number of consecutive passes for each team or defensive know downs/caused turnovers.