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...

Drills

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...

1-3-4-3 Diamond Shape Midfield

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey 1-3-4-3 diamond shape midfield Roles and Responsibilities 4 man midfield with the centre half pushing up higher up the pitch, supporting the f...

Outletting Through Midfield

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey Outletting through midfield Roles and Responsibilities We will be working on this kind of move in the midfield these next couple of weeks So w...

Attack From Midfield

category: Overload-situations

Hockey Attack from midfield Overload situations The compulsOry pass is a free hit from the RM to the RD. As soon as the pass is given the 3 attackers...

1-1-3-4-2

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey 1-1-3-4-2 Roles and Responsibilities This system gives support to the backline as well as the midfield. It relies on the 2 forwards to do a lo...

1-3-1-3-3

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Hockey 1-3-1-3-3 Roles and Responsibilities This system is more attacking then the ... of this set-up is that you have a free player behind the midfi...

1-1-3-3-3 Formation

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

This set-up will see your team playing with a sweeper behind the back 3. The advantage of this system is that there is always a covering player to ...

Attack against defence 6 v 3

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...

Attacking from deep left

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. ...

Attcking down the Wing

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...

Changing the point of attack

Player 1 starts with the ball and runs down the wing. The defender puts on some pressure . Just before player 1 loses the ball he/she turns away fr...

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...

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...

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...

England hockey: creating space tips

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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!

Answers

Community Drills

Last Year 2016

Last years line up. traditional. Works against back four. can be opened up on counter attack and with a back three. Can be one dimentinal with th...

Fast cross midfield to attack

- 3 P. drill (incl. goalie 4)- 16 cons ( 4 cons second var.)- 20 BallsHighlights: Build up the speed, fast/controled forehand receives/turns, drive, ...

Breaking Free from Midfield

3 vs. 2 at the back of the half, aiming to get enough space to aim a long pass to a leading forward. Then 1 vs. 1, forward vs. defender for the goal. ...

6v5 With 2 Circle Defenders

The players will play a 6v5, The two defenders in the circle can not leave the circle, and the other defenders can not enter the circle. The whole poi...

Connecting in Midfield 2v2

Here the girls will play a 2v2. The player with the ball is taking a free hit and can not more. The defending players will defend until the 23' li...

Run The Line 4 on 5

Utilising the half back sideline pass, promoting play into the midfield and the midfield looking for wide passes.- Midfield should be leading HARD- Qu...

Technical assessment at speed

An exercise to practice building up at speed with leading and re leading finishing with scoring on goal.1. Pass to the left back.2. Left back runs ove...

Changing lane of attack.

Here the players will give the ball across the field to the help side mid fielder / defender. This play will in turn give a long ball to the help side...

Phase 1

Place 3 red cones. A left side players. B for the midfield players and C for the right side players. Line up behind them.First player left starts drib...