Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Team Defense

Field Position:

All

Drill Style:

Game

Time Needed:

5-10 min

Field Location:

12m/8m

Skill Level:

Basic, can be progressed

 

Objective

This objective of this game is to help teach defensive shift, sliding, movement and communication to support teammates and deploying double teams when appropriate in a constraints-based manner. The game can also be used to teach breaking slide patterns and avoiding or breaking double teams.

Description of Drill-Execution

  • 8 Defenders (7 + Goalie) start in the middle of the 8M facing each other with their eyes closed.
  • Defenders must sing a song together loudly!
  • 7 Attackers are outside of the 12M passing the ball around the outside
  • On the command “play!” the Attack players can attack the goal, the Defenders have to break
  • out and mark up!
  • Goalie must quickly get in the goal and communicate

Drill Progressions

  1. Vary the number of players on each side (sneak players in and out without telling the other teams)
  2. Can’t mark the same player twice
  3. Use a gym ball and pool noodles and let everyone take a turn at being goalie
  4. Add in a clear if defense causes a turn over

The game can be played with or without sticks. Try using a mini soccer ball or football to focus on movement and positioning without the worry of dropping passes.

Drill Diagram: 

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