Drills

Attacking The Circle

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Hockey Attacking the circle Shooting & Goalscoring Player 1 runs down the wing to then pass the ball backwards of square to player . He in turn gives...

Attacking Down The Wing

category: Game-related

Hockey Attacking down the wing Game related RM (starting with the ball), passes to RW who ... The RM then passes the ball to RW who runs in field wit...

Attacking From A Hit In

category: Game-related

Hockey Attacking from a hit in Game related 4 vs 2 from a sideline ball Play wall ... line free then the player can receive the ball, turn in field o...

Right Side Attack

category: Movement-off-the-ball

Hockey Right Side Attack Movement off the ball The ball is passed across the pitch, ... search our library of 1000+ hockey drills; create your own pr...

Attacking Down The Left (Mini Hockey)

category: Practices-For-Juniors

Hockey Attacking down the left (mini hockey) Practices For Juniors Pass the ball from ... search our library of 1000+ hockey drills; create your own ...

Changing The Point Of Attack

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Hockey Changing the Point of Attack Shooting & Goalscoring Player 1 passes the ball to player 2. At the same time, player 3 makes a run infield to cr...

Attacking The Circle

category: Game-related

Hockey attacking the circle Game related Players 1 and 2 play a 2v1 against the first defender, before then moving ... Change the Point of Attack Dri...

Left Wing Attack

category: Overload-situations

Hockey Left wing attack Overload situations The LM starts with the ball. His/her compulsory pass is to ... outside the circle.(Tip is that one of the...

1 V 2 Break Defense

category: Defending-Skills

Players work in pairs in this drill - attacking and defending pair.

The player who starts with the ball has to dribble around the cone and ...

1-3-1-3-3

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...

1V1 Delay Defender

category: Eliminating-a-Player

One player starts 5 metres away from the line, passes the ball to the player on the opposite line. Passing player has to touch behind the line befo...

1V1 With Restriction Line

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Players with the ball try and cross the 23m line between the cones
the defender is only allowe to defend infront of the line and try and scor...

2 Vs 1

category: Movement-off-the-ball

The player with the ball passes the ball square to the other attacking player. Upon receiving the ball player 2 runs laterally across the defender,...

2 Vs 1

category: Scoring-on-the-break

The player with the ball passes the ball square to the other attacking player. Upon receiving the ball player 2 runs laterally across the defender,...

3 Vs 2 - Get To Goal

category: Overload-situations

The middle attacker starts with the ball.

The drill starts with one of the other ...

3V3: Open Play

category: Conditioned-Games

- 3 vs 3
- Small goals either end of an area
- Ball must be taken through the goal under control
- Once a goal has been scored, the ...

3v3: Open Play

- 3 vs 3
- Small goals either end of an area
- Ball must be taken through the goal under control
- Once a goal has been scored, the ...

4 Zone - 2V1 Game

category: Conditioned-Games

2 teams play a 6v6 game, with a left and a right central zone marked out with cones.

In each of the central zones there should be 1 player f...

9 Zone: Passive Defending

category: Conditioned-Games

- Pitch split into 9 zones (3 x 3)
- 6 vs 6
- Can only ever have one forward and one defender in each area
- Forwards (white) cannot...

Attackers Defending

category: Defending-Skills

Attacker starts with the ball gives the ball to the defender who has to try and run in possession of the ball across the 23 meter line through one ...

Attacking Down The Wing

category: Conditioned-Games

One of the players on the half way line passes the ball back to the two central defenders (7 and 8)
The midfielder may then make him/herself a...

Attacking From Deep Left

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player 2 (left wing) receives ball from the Player 1 (left midfield) and takes the ball into the zone where the defender can try and win the ball. ...

Attacking From The Back

category: Game-related

Team 1 has to pass the ball around the back and never miss out more than 1 player.

Whenever the ball is received by one of the wide players ...

Attacking From The Back

category: Game-related

The aim of this exercise is to get the ball behind the three defenders in the zone. On achieving this, start again. Only one player at a time is al...

Attacking Pattern

category: Indoor-Hockey

Player 1 runs through the slalom passes the ball to player 2 player 2 runs infield with and passes the ball off the board to player 3 who runs from...

Attacking Structure

category: Indoor-Hockey

Emphasis on the Attacking structure being that of 2 backs, 3 forwards and 1 forward stand in the circle

The back two players should be sligh...

Attacking Tight Peel

category: Passing-Receiving

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Objective: To get the attacking player to r...

Ball To Left Hand Gloved Side Of Gk

category: Goal-keeping

Coach should feed the ball to the left hand, where the goalkeeper should aim to give and cushion the ball so that it falls vertically to the ground...

Break From Set Piece

category: Scoring-on-the-break

Set up the break each time as shown in diagram for a 3 v 1 in the attacking team's favour.

The break starts when the defender (number 1) pas...

Channelling Onto The Forehand

category: Defending-Skills

This exercise is designed to encourage defenders to force attacking players to move onto the defenders forehand

The player with the ball tri...

Channelling Practice Proud To Coach

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Suggested Exercise

Player one begins with the ball in the opposite diagonal corner to player two. Player ...

Closed Zones

category: Conditioned-Games

The aim of this exercise is to encourage the players to attack down the wings. The attacking team is not allowed to pass or attack through the zone...

Conditioned Game - 6V4 Attacking Advantage

category: Conditioned-Games

Divide your players into two teams of 6 and split the pitch into 3 areas with each area being approximately 15 meters in height.

The conditio...

Continual Side Line Attacks

category: Conditioned-Games

2 equal teams in the circle and lots of balls on both side lines.

The coach calls out a team.

1 of the players has to run to one of t...

Continual Side Line Attacks

category: Self-Pass

2 equal teams in the circle and lots of balls on both side lines.

The coach calls out a team.

1 of the players has to run to one of t...

Cover And Delay - Proud To Coach

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Head The defending player should constantly scan for possible tackling opportunities, teammates to channel the ball carrier into and possible passing ...

Defence The Circle

category: Defending-Skills

Defender passes the ball. Attackers go 1 on 1 and try to penetrate the circle. Defenders priority is to stop the player getting through gate 1, then g...

Earn The Right To Attack

category: Conditioned-Games

One team attacks and the other defends.

The attacking team will stay on the attack until the defending team carries the ball, under control,...

Fast Break From A Turnover

category: Scoring-on-the-break

- Fast Break off a turnover
- Move the ball from own D to opposition baseline in two passes
- Score a goal from the turnover in 3 passes<...

Fast Break from a Turnover

- Fast Break off a turnover
- Move the ball from own D to opposition baseline in two passes
- Score a goal from the turnover in 3 passes<...

Follow and Intercept - on the line

The attacking player tries to get the ball from one line to the other.

The defending player should watch patiently and steal the ball when i...

Front Defence Game

Place a cone in the middle of the halfway line. Two players start with the ball on the halfway line with a 3rd player standing and waiting just beh...

Get beyond the 23m line

2 players stand on the 23m line with a defender. The defender is only allowed to defend outside the 23m area. One player on the half way line starts w...

Moving a defender into the midfield

In this practice the defensive players are in position of the field and have to try and keep possession of the ball and put through one of the play...

Moving Defence into Midfield

In this practice the defensive players are in position of the field and have to try and keep possession of the ball and put through one of the play...

Practice for scoring goals

Two teams and one keeper. The attacking team brings the ball into the circle. The defending team must gain possession and successfully get the ball ou...

Preparation for switching the ball

Player 1 and 2 have to pass the ball between themselves in order to try and create an oppening through which to pass the ball through either goal t...

Right side understanding

5 vs 3 down the right hand side

Effectively trying to get the ball out of the back through the right half when the transfer has been blocked...

Rotations

Work on the rotation. This is the standard pattern - Left-Right (L-R) rotation, and will be made reference to in the next few drills. Players make th...

switch attacking pattern

Player 1 plays the ball across to 2, who in turn plays it up inside the cones to 3 who shoots at goal. Player 2 then moves to where 3 was and 3 joi...

Team escape

Set out a pitch 3/4 length, with two lines of cones to make the pitch slightly narrower.

The white team in the middle has to try and score a...

The Game

Play a full game.

Defensive structure:

Front 2 players block middle and left boards.

Back 3 players mark man to man.

At...

Through Pass

A line of attacking players stand outside the 23 metre line with a ball each, with one other attacking on the goal side of the grid. Inside the gri...

Using Player on Back Line - RHS

Player 1 runs into the circle and if the defender does not approach, player 1 can shoot at goal. Alternatively if the defender approaches, player 1...

Utilising Space

- Attacking at pace
- Change of pace eliminates first player
- Large drag eliminates the second defender
- Forward makes consious ch...

Utilising Space

- Attacking at pace
- Change of pace eliminates first player
- Large drag eliminates the second defender
- Forward makes consious ch...

Web Videos

Ryde hockey: attacking overload drill

A competitive drill from our junior development program that focuses on the effective execution of 2v1, 3v2, and 3v4 principles in the attacking half.

How to attack in field hockey

For a field hockey offense to score, their attacking must be better than the defense's tackling. Speed and accuracy are essential for an effective fie...

Sessions

Forward Running - Positive Play

Carry the ball with confidence and run at goal! Teach your players to switch the ball and feed the lines to get the ball up the pitch!

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Community Drills

4v2 Attacking Game Right/Left Side

Match like drill. 4Attackers 2 Defenders Goal is to attack main goal-Height and Width- For defenders they are out numbered but are to defend...

Attacking/Defending Drill

Starting on the left or the right. The attackers dribble forward and pass and try to score a goal. the defenders, defend and try to clear the ball. Af...

Going Right

Red team tries to attack and score a goal. Blue team defends the goal and tries to clear the ball. Every time the ball is successfully cleared or scor...

2v2 into 3v2

Progressive 2v2 into 3v2Trainer throws ball into circle. 2v2 blue vs redRed scoring in big goalsblue clearing to their team mates in small goalsb...

Straight Strike 2 - Mobile Hitter

Good variation to eliminate a fast number one runner. as with straight Strike one, wide players in. if not using a stopper, have two potent...

Attacking drill 2

moving and passing Acuárate passing. always chose dribble pass when Tthe time is right. Remember to move into a space after you have made a ...

Long Corners

Here the ladies will play a 7v6 where they will take long corners repeatedly. There should be a very clear aspect for the attacking and defending team...