Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Defensive Drills

Field Position:


Drill Style:

Games, Warm Up

Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on defensive communication in a tight space with game-like situations. Help defenders “scramble” in the 8-meter off of a turnover, rebound, or double team.

Description of Drill-Execution

There are 5 attackers and 6 defenders (5v6).  All 6 defenders are inside the 8-metere facing the center of the 8-meter. This means that all defenders must have their heads in a huddle with their backs turned to the outside.  1 attacker has possession of the ball.  The coach blows the first whistle which allows the attack to start to working the ball around. The second whistle signals the defense to turn and quickly mark up.  Defense is a player up so there should always be a double team on the player with the ball. After the second whistle, attack must pass 3 times before they can shoot. Emphasize with players communication, where the ball is, who “needs one”, and who is going to double.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Communication – within the 8-meter
  2. Double teaming

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

After a shot, have the goalie clear to the defense.  The attackers should work on riding the defense and not allowing a successful clear.