Author Information

Author Name:

Bowen Holden

Author School:

Boston College


Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Even Strength

Field Position:

Offense, Defense, Midfield

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

10 min

Field Location:

Attack Zone

Skill Level:




To work on quick ball movement and communication on and off the field.

Description of Drill-Execution

Start by dividing players into 2 teams and have each line up along the restraining line (GK included), on either side of the coach.  The drill is a 4v4, on offense you need 2M, 2A, on defense you need 2M, 2D. If the offense team scores, they get the ball back, clear to the restraining line and play continues. If defense causes a turnover then clears to the restraining line, 2 defenders come off and 2 attackers come on.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Communication – where to force the attacker with the ball
  2. Ball Movement
  3. Help Defense

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

You can make it competitive by keeping score, every goal is worth a point. Also you can create man up/down situations for more game like feel.