Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Number Advantages

Field Position:

Offense, Defense

Drill Style:


Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Half Field

Skill Level:




This drill allows for the team to constantly reach to number advantages on either offense or defense.  The drill will demand that players pay attention to the coach, understand basic number advantage/disadvantage concepts.

Description of Drill-Execution

The coach will stand up at midfield with a bucket of balls.  On one side of the field standing in the attack zone alley will be defensive players, on the other side will be offensive players.

The coach will roll a ball out in the middle of the field as he yells a number (1-7).  That exact number of players will run out on the field on the offense, while the defense will send out 1 less player than the number yelled.  Those players will play out for a goal, save, or clear depending on who wins the groundball at the start of the drill.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Number Advantages-Disadvantages
  2. Ground Balls
  3. Ball Movement
  4. Defensive positioning

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

To vary the drill you can start the groundballs from different positions.  At any time in the drill you may yell “plus 1” and have each side add 1 additional player. 

Another variation would be to have your defense go on the advantage and make your offense play man down to work on killing penalties.