Drills

Cover Defence

category: Defending-Skills

Hockey Cover Defence Defending Skills Simple exercise without a ball to allow players to understand defensive positioning The engaging defender (at t...

Defence The Circle

category: Defending-Skills

Hockey Defence the circle Defending Skills Defender passes the ball. Attackers go 1 on 1 and try to penetrate the circle. Defenders priority is to st...

Short Corner Defence 3 - 1

category: Set-Pieces

Hockey Short Corner Defence 3 - 1 Set Pieces Setup the defence as shown with 2 defenders inside the goal on either post. In front of them are two run...

Short Corner Defence 2 - 2

category: Set-Pieces

Hockey Short Corner Defence 2 - 2 Set Pieces Setup the defence as shown with defenders on each post and a runner on each post. Player 1 runs to the t...

1 Vs 1 Defence A

category: Indoor-Hockey

Hockey 1 vs 1 Defence A Indoor Hockey The defence force play over to the forehand. Attackers try and score. When defender wins ball play out a 2 vs 1...

Attack Against Defence 6 V 3

category: Overload-situations

Hockey Attack against defence 6 v 3 Overload situations With the exercise starting with a pass from the left midfield to the left wing. Defenders hav...

Front Defence Zone Game

category: Indoor-Hockey

Hockey Front defence zone game Indoor Hockey Set out a zone by splitting pitch into 3 equal areas. Two players with the ball try to pass the ball thr...

1V1 Defence In Box

category: Eliminating-a-Player

Hockey 1v1 defence in box Eliminating a Player The front player in the cones is the attacker and they have to move around to create some space for th...

Front Defence Game

category: Indoor-Hockey

Hockey Front Defence Game Indoor Hockey Place a cone in the middle of the halfway line. Two players start with the ball on the halfway line with a 3r...

1 V 1 Defence C

category: Indoor-Hockey

Defence force play over to the forehand, while the attack try and score.

When the defender wins the ball, play out a 2 v 1 counter attack.

1 Vs 1 Defence B

category: Indoor-Hockey

Defence force play over to the forehand.

Attack try and score.

When the defending side wins ball play out a 2 vs 1 counter attack.

1-1-3-4-2

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

This system gives support to the backline as well as the midfield.

It relies on the 2 forwards to do a lot of running in defence and play fu...

2 Vs. 1 Tag Defence

category: Overload-situations

Players start in pairs on the 23 meter line.

The attackers have to try and score a goal against the defender.

The defender has no sti...

3v2

Coach feeds the ball to MM who plays the ball to RD or LD. These in turn play the ball in to the forwards on their side and play 3v2, (defenders h...

Continual Side Line Attacks

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

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...

defence in box down right

Attacker 1 passes to attacker 2 in stride. Attacker 2 tries to beat defender 1 in the box and crosses to attacker 3 in the circle.
rotate de...

defending 3 v 2

Players from the 23 metre line pass the ball to two players in the goal.
These two players, on receiving the ball, can try to run and pass the...

Defensive Transfer 2

Introduce Inside Left and Inside Right and passing option as indicated on diagram

Add in passive defenders

draw defence and pass

The player on the free hits starts to move to try and draw the defender to come out. As soon as the defender moves towards the ball the player pass...

draw defence and pass

The player on the free hits starts to move to try and draw the defender to come out. As soon as the defender moves towards the ball the player pass...

exploit the overload

two teams 1/2 pitch.

Ball starts on the half way line each time.

The practice starts each time after the coach calls which two ...

Forcing Play over to the Forehand 2

Progression from the previous drill (1 vs 1 Defence A and B).

Start the game more open, so the defence have to work harder to force the atta...

Forcing Play over to the Forehand

All players start on the left hand side. Defence try to keep the game on their forehand. Attack try to score, dribbling and passing. First pass of ...

front 2 in defence

The emhasis for the 2 forwards is to block the left boards and middle
The back three players mark man to man.

holding up the ball against defence

Feed the ball from the half way line to the player being marked (7). The marked player has to receive the ball and try and keep possession, allowi...

King Ball

This is a game where you learn to pass the ball beyond defenders, to players in space. No aerial ball allowed. Two teams positioned either side of the...

Match up 1v1

Two teams. Each player is only allowed to defend against one player from the opposition. This exercise is to instil discipline in defence and sto...

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...

Open play short corner

Set up as shown in the picture. The ball is pushed out towards the top of the circle, but on this occasion the stopper dummies to stop the ball bu...

Passing through a line of defence

Create 2 end zones either side of a line. 2 players are in each end zone and 2 defenders on the line.

The players in the end zones can pass ...

Playing 6 v 6

Score at goal 1 and 2 = 1 point.
Score at goal 3 = 2 points.

If team A scored a goal at 3, team A should straight away change direc...

Playing against Dice defence

It is important that the team in possession plays the ball around and down the boards into the midfield players and back until the shape of the dic...

positional unit play

Start by putting your players in their position on half a pitch. (whateve the formation you want to play.)

Give one of the players a ball a...

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...

shortcorner move for weekend

This is one of the moves I wanted my team to see before the training session because. We are playing a 2 2 defence ( with 2 line man)

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...

Web Videos

Field hockey defense tips

Field hockey defense tips, to learn more go to: https://hockeyperformanceacademy.com In this video Performance Coach Lauren Penny and Sasha Siversen t...

Sessions

Passing Web: Pre-scan and Receiving

Pre-scan to create time for yourself on the ball and to spot defence splitting passes. Create players who are always seeing the game two steps ahead w...

Posting up and Overlapping

Get your players taking up forward positions on the pitch and overlapping to offer extra attacking options!

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!

Answers

Community Drills

Goalie/ defence communication

attacker1 takes the ball into the D and passes to attacker 2. defender 1 tries to intercept or tackle attacker 1attacker 2 off loads it quickly t...

Channeling - defend the centre

For younger players mark a wedge shaped area using cones and challenge the attacker to move the ball into it within a given time.Defenders win automat...

Sprint Attack vs Defence

Works on both attacking and defending skills.Working with players that are able to tackle and have an idea of simple game play.Both the attackers ...

1 v 1 Defence practice

1 attacker v 1 defender. Defender starts with ball and passes to attacker.Attacker tries to move around defender. Defender focuses on low body positio...

1v1 Small Game

Blue Players = DefenceRed Players = Attackers Blue pass the ball to the red team and the aim of the game is to dribble the ball into green cones ...

5 Yards left

Yellow (CL) takes ball. (LL) yellow leads hard towards T point, however the ball is passed to the yellow (RL). Red (LB) is back up for thi...

6v5

A normal match with a line of cheese flaps in the middle. The ball can not cross the line but the players can.In attack try and draw pressure from the...

Slip Left

Variation on the usual left-slip shortie - incorporates a dummy run at the top of the circle and options for the slip player.- the player receiving he...