Drill Categories

Scoring on the break Drills

Scoring on the break is a very common form of attack in field hockey, if you watch the Australians you may believe it is the only form of attack. It o...


1 V 1 - Channelling

category: Defending-Skills

Split your group into two teams - defenders and attackers.

Players with the ball have to run around the cone and try and score. Players with...

1 V 1 Choose

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Two attackers run together at the same time with a ball each. Attackers can dribble through any of the three goals. The defender has to choose whic...

1 Vs 1 Defence A

category: Indoor-Hockey

The defence force play over to the forehand.

Attackers try and score.

When defender wins ball play out a 2 vs 1 counter attack.

1 Vs 1 Practice

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Split the players up into two groups for a relay type exercise which starts with one player from group 1 running with a ball to the goal on the hal...


category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

This system is more attacking then the sweeper behind system (1-1-3-3-3).

The advantage of this set-up is that you have a free player behind...

1-3-4-3 Diamond Shape Midfield

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

4 man midfield with the centre half pushing up higher up the pitch, supporting the front 3 and the midfield.

When to use:

2 V 1 (Left To Right)

category: Eliminating-a-Player

previous coaching points for ball carrying apply as in 1 v 1 player with the ball makes a positive run on an angle to eliminate the defender as in 1 ...

2 V 1 (Right To Left)

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Previous coaching points for ball carrying apply as in 1 v 1Player with the ball makes a positive run on an angle to eliminate the defender as in 1 v ...

Web Videos

Field hockey midfield play

This video shows a back four building up and creating space at the midfield. Important is the role of the pivot (centre midfielder) in the box (the sp...



Community Drills

Receiving on the Move--keep away

5v1 or 4v1 in a large grid. Defender is trying to intercept a pass (no tackles). Attackers cutting onto the ball must keep their feet movi...

1v1s : Individual attack and defence

Continuous 1v1 Ladder6 defenders to start: 1 in each red gateAttackers split 1/2 and 1/2 at each starts point (Green gate)Attackers enter ladder to de...

Crossing Drill

Player on the sideline crosses a ball while four attackers rush the goal. Make sure players are prepared and ready for the rebound.

Continuous 3V2

2 teams at opposite corners of a mini pitch (35m by 20m). 3 attackers vs 2 defenders. Once the attackers (blue) score or are turned over by the defend...