Drills

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...

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...

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...

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...

1 V 1 Defence C

category: Indoor-Hockey

Hockey 1 v 1 Defence C Indoor Hockey Defence force play over to the forehand, while the attack try and score. When the defender wins the ball, play o...

Collapse Front Three Defence

category: Indoor-Hockey

Hockey collapse front three defence Indoor Hockey collapsing defence. pass into midmidfielder is to collapse together front three of zone. this will ...

1 Vs 1 Defence B

category: Indoor-Hockey

Hockey 1 vs 1 Defence B Indoor Hockey Defence force play over to the forehand. Attack try and score. When the defending side wins ball play out a 2 v...

Moving Defence Into Midfield

category: Game-related

Hockey Moving Defence into Midfield Game related In this practice the defensive players are in position of the field and have to try and keep possess...

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.

1-1-3-4-2

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...

1V1 Defence In Box

category: Eliminating-a-Player

The front player in the cones is the attacker and they have to move around to create some space for themselves. They then receive the ball from the...

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

category: Overload-situations

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...

Attack Against Defence 6 V 3

category: Overload-situations

With the exercise starting with a pass from the left midfield to the left wing. Defenders have to start in the circle each new attack.
The attacker...

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...

Defence In Box Down Right

category: Eliminating-a-Player

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

category: Defending-Skills

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

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

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

Add in passive defenders

Draw Defence And Pass

category: Self-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

category: Set-Pieces

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

category: Overload-situations

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

category: Indoor-Hockey

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

category: Indoor-Hockey

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 ...

Forward Rotation Pass Down Left Board

category: Indoor-Hockey

Have lots of balls.

Every time the ball is passed into the midfield while the forwards finish the move, the back two can take the next ball ...

Front 2 In Defence

category: Indoor-Hockey

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

Front Defence Game

category: Indoor-Hockey

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...

Front Defence Zone Game

category: Indoor-Hockey

Set out a zone by splitting pitch into 3 equal areas.

Two players with the ball try to pass the ball through the centre zone to their partne...

Holding Up The Ball Against Defence

category: Overload-situations

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

category: Conditioned-Games

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

category: Defending-Skills

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...

Open Play Short Corner

category: Set-Pieces

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

category: Possession

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

category: Conditioned-Games

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

category: Indoor-Hockey

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

category: Game-related

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...

Power Passing - Hit Beyond The Defence

category: Practices-For-Juniors

This game is developed to improve the power of players' passing. Players in this practice are only allowed to slap hit or push the ball because of ...

Rotations

category: Indoor-Hockey

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...

Running Onto The Ball And Keep Moving

category: Defending-Skills

Playere lined up in a relay with 1 ball.

Player starts by running with the ball into the grid and pass the ball to the player opposite. Play...

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

Winning the ball to break!

Turned over the ball? No big deal! Produce a team that are ready to work twice as hard to win the ball back!

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...

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...

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...

3v3 applying pressure

2 phase exercise. 2nd phase is dependent on the outcome of the first phase. 1st phaseAttackers (blue) play the ball from around the 23m to the defendi...