Author Information

Author Name:

Lauren Caminiti

Author School:

Temple University


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:


Field Position:

Offense, Midfield, Defense

Drill Style:

Game, Conditioning, Skill

Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Full Field

Skill Level:




To complete a successful offensive transition within the drill limitations.

Description of Drill-Execution

Split players into two teams. Divide the field in 3 parts; defensive third, midfield third, and offensive third. You need a goalie in both cages, 2 pairs of attack and defense in the defensive third, 4 pairs of attack and defense in the midfield, and 2 pairs of attack and defense in the offensive third. All the pairs in each third must STAY WITHIN their own third. The ball will start with a goalie clear to the 2 defenders in the defensive third with attackers re-defending them. Connecting cuts need to be timed in the midfield because the ball carriers CAN’T cross into another third. Once the midfielders have possession, they must connect a pass into the offensive third. If the offensive transition is successful, they can take a shot on goal. If there a turnover anywhere, the roles are switched and the ball is going back in the other direction. This drill is continuous and very tiring for the midfield if there are a lot of turnovers.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Goalie Clears
  2. Connecting Cuts
  3. Re-defending
  4. Defending Transitional Cuts
  5. Timing and Ball Movement

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

Variations can include adding more players into each third. Allowing players to cross over into other thirds to make connecting cuts.

Building to a 7v7 on a successful transition with players allowed to cross over into different thirds.