Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Skill, Conditioning

Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on denying multiple attacker cuts through the 8-meter.

Description of Drill-Execution

Begin the drill by making 3 lines. 1 line of defense near the goal line extended, a line of attack at the top of the elbow of the 8-meter, and a feeding line at the opposite elbow. The objective of the attacker is to cut hard through the 8-meter towards the feeder. The defenders job is to deny the cut so there is no passing lane. Attackers can back door or cut in front of the defenders if they are over playing. In this drill the defender will stay for 3 attacking cuts but there will be a new attacker each time.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. 1 v 1 defense and attack
  2. Denying cuts and passes defensively
  3. Defensive Positioning
  4. Defensive Footwork
  5. Conditioning

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

After you deny the cuts on one side, switch to the other side. Also you can build the drill to a 2v2 and a feeder. This way defenders will be forced to work together in a game like situation.