Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Warm Up, Skills, Conditioning

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




This basic clear drill will have your players in the right place and understanding how to breakout into space.

Description of Drill-Execution

The coach will move around the 12m arc and shoot a ball on the goalie.  Once the goalie makes the save, she will yell clear to start a breakout of all 7 defensive players. Low defense will break out to the wings in a “banana” cut motion.  2 higher defense players will break up and out to the wing areas of the 12m, and the remaining midfielders will break up and out to create a standard break out.

Once the goalie clears the ball out to a breaking defender, you want to encourage 2-3 passes as the players look to transition the ball up the field.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Clears
  2. Ball Movement (Catching and Throwing)

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

Add a ride into the mix and have players in different color pinnies roam the field and disrupt clears.