Author Information

Author Name:

Lauren Caminiti

Author School:

Temple University

 

Drill Specs

Drill Theme:

Even Strength

Field Position:

Offense, Midfield

Drill Style:

Game

Time Needed:

15 min

Field Location:

Midfield

Skill Level:

Intermediate 

 

Objective

To improve off-the-ball movement and support around the ball carrier.

Description of Drill-Execution

Play a game of 6 v 6 using 2 balls at the same time on a shortened field. (ex. between the two 30’s in the midfield) Set up a goal at each end of the restraining lines. Each team starts with one ball, but as play progresses, one team could end up with both balls. Players need to react to the closest ball and therefore must focus on support. Require a minimum number of passes be made before a goal can be attempted, and award a team one point for every goal scored. After a goal is scored, the closest defender restarts play with a clear. The clearing defender may run or pass the ball.

Drill Diagram: 

Skills Practiced:

  1. Ball Movement (Catching and Throwing)
  2. Communication
  3. Clearing space offensively
  4. Vision off a challenge

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

Assign players to work within groups or limit the number of steps the ball carrier can make.

Add additional players and require the player with the ball to have support on two of her four sides at all times. It she does not, it is a turnover.

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