Drills

1 Touch Scores

category: Conditioned-Games

Set up with cones set out in a square 10m x 10m, and inside the square have two teams of three players each, and one ball between them.

The ...

1 Touch Scores

category: z-Pre-Scan

Coaches Objective: To develop players ability to make decisions prior to receiving (Pre- Scan) and make a supporting run off the b...

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 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 ...

1-1-3-3-3 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 ...

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...

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...

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:

Choose A Folder...

The 1/2 court press is again a team effort and relies on all players joining in and being disciplined.

The 1/2 court press is a bit like spa...

1V1 Break Up And Down

category: Scoring-on-the-break

Split the group into 2 teams (no more then 4 / 5 on each team) put one goal on the half way line and one in the normal position on back line. Set o...

3 V 2 Relay

category: Scoring-on-the-break

The white team play 3v2 against the blue team. When the attack is finished, the white team play 3v2 against the orange team. Then the orange team...

3 Vs 1 - Two Grids

category: Scoring-on-the-break

Set out 2 grids that are attached by a common line with 3 attackers and 1 defender in each.

3 Players, with one ball, in one grid keep poss...

3V3 To Break 4 V 2

category: Overload-situations

Set up two grids wide on the half way line.

Tell the players to play 3v3 possession in the box.

Have two player waiting in the 23m ar...

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 Goal Game

category: Conditioned-Games

Game with 4 goals - where each team has two goals in which they can score.

Make sure that the distance between the 2 goals encourages the pla...

4 V 2 In Area

category: Possession

Players are trying to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible. Players inside the area can use the two players on the outside of the gr...

4 V 2 In Area

category: Warm-up-Games

Players are trying to keep possession of the ball for as long as possible. Players inside the area can use the two players on the outside of the gr...

4 Vs 4 Possession

category: Possession

Play keep ball. Teams need to keep possession for as long as possible or up to a set number of passes (first to 10 passes etc.)

Try and take...

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...

4V4 Endzone Game

category: Conditioned-Games

Set-up the pitch as shown. Place one player from each side in the opposite End Zone.

Players have to try and get the ball to the player in t...

6 Zone: Passive Defending

category: Conditioned-Games

- 6 on 6 drill
- Split a half pitch into 6 sections
- A forward and a defender should be in each section
- Defenders can only interc...

9 Zone: Full Game

category: Conditioned-Games

- Pitch split into 9 zones (3 x 3)
- 6 vs 6
- Multiple players from each team in one area
- Forwards (white) can dribble ball from o...

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...

All The Way Across

category: Passing-Receiving

Teams of 4 try and pass the ball across the pitch as quickly as possible, not missing any players out.

Each player should at least touch the...

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 ...

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...

Change The Point Of Attack

category: Game-related

2 teams both with a ball. The object is for one of the wingers to get to the back line without being tackled. For a tackler to be released by the...

Changing 4 Vs 2

category: Possession

Three teams of 2.

Two teams combine to play against the 3rd team (in the animation this is the white and gold team playing against the blue ...

Changing The Point Of Attack

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Player 1 passes the ball to player 2. At the same time, player 3 makes a run infield to create a space for player 2 to pass the ball ahead of player ...

Channelling Proud To Coach

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

Difficulty of the skill: Red - a difficult core skill for ages 7-9 years and upwards. As players progress and develop the difficul...

Chase Ball

category: Passing-Receiving

Set up two teams of 3, with a ball per team in two interlocking triangles.

One of the teams starts passing the ball. The second team then pa...

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...

Collapse Front Three Defence

category: Indoor-Hockey

collapsing defence. pass into midmidfielder is to collapse together front three of zone. this will allow team to build up over the outside. left mid...

Conditioned Game - 2 Jokers Outside

category: Possession

In the grid play a 5 vs 5 or 4 vs 4 possession hockey game.

There a two jokers stood at either end of the area. These two players may receiv...

Conditioned Game - 2 Jokers Outside

category: Scoring-on-the-break

In the grid play a 5 vs 5 or 4 vs 4 possession hockey game.

There a two jokers stood at either end of the area. These two players may receiv...

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 ...

Creating Scoring Chances - Gk

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

A good fun exercise for scoring goals, and for keepers to have a good work out.

Split the group into teams of four and put 2 or 3 keepers in...

Cross Over Relays

category: Moving-with-the-ball

Same principle as the straight relays, but players have to run diagonally across avoiding the other team.

It is that all players keep their ...

Cross Over Relays

category: Moving-with-the-ball

4 Teams, ball in each team. 1st player in each team has to run around the outside of the inside square back to their starting cone. Then give the bal...

Cross Pass Shot

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Players start alternate with the ball from two cones on the 23 meter line.

They pass the ball diagionaly across for the opposite player to r...

Defending Changing Situations

category: Self-Pass

4 v 4

players are in pairs two team of 2 colours.

the coach calls out before the team in possession starts the game which colour play...

Deflect Inside

category: Self-Pass

Player on the free hit hits the ball hard slightly wide of the D for a player to move out with their stick to deflect the ball into the D for a sho...

Deflect Inside

category: Set-Pieces

Player on the free hit hits the ball hard slightly wide of the D for a player to move out with their stick to deflect the ball into the D for a sho...

Deflection

category: Indoor-Hockey

One player will pass to their team mate, who will then play a deflection onto the board for a team mate, who will use an open stick side pick up and r...

Divots!

category: Warm-up-Games

Scatter some cones (divots) across the area, some the right way up, and some upside down. Split the group into two teams - 'Hackers and Greenkeeper...

Double Team

category: Defending-Skills

The first defender over commits to the forehand side to make the player in possession turn away. The second defender closes down the space so that ...

Double Team

category: Video-Techniques

The first defender over commits to the forehand side to make the player in possession turn away. The second defender closes down the space so that ...

Dribble Through - Defensive Zone Game

category: Defending-Skills

4 players inside the 23 meter area try to pass the ball through the defensive zone (the space between the 23 meter to the half way line) to the pla...

Dribble Through - Defensive Zone Game

category: Scoring-on-the-break

4 players inside the 23 meter area try to pass the ball through the defensive zone (the space between the 23 meter to the half way line) to the pla...

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,...

Elimination Skills: Wall Pass Left

category: Eliminating-a-Player

- Line of players one end
- One passive defender in the middle
- One forward team mate a few yards offset from the de...

Elimination Skills: Wall Pass Right

category: Eliminating-a-Player

- Line of players one end
- Coloured gates at the other
- One passive defender in the middle
- One forward team mate a few yards off...

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 ...

Fast Break 3V2

category: Scoring-on-the-break

Team 1 attacks team 2. Player on the 23m line starts with the ball and attacks the two defenders from team 2 (while this attack goes on team 3 gets in...

Full Court Press

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

The difference between the Full Press, which puts pressure on the specific areas on the pitch (wide areas in the opposition's 23m area) and the Ful...

Full Press - Puting Pressure On The Opposition

category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

The basis of the press is that no player commits to the ball but a team screen is set up in the decided territory of the pitch. The aim is not to t...

Get Rid Of Balls

category: Moving-with-the-ball

2 teams. Both teams have to try and take all the balls from their goal and put them in the other teams goal. Each team should only stay on their ...

Hockey Rugby

category: Conditioned-Games

2 teams try and score by running the ball into the scoring zone.

Rules are:

  • You can only pass the ball back of square.

Hockey Rugby

category: Movement-off-the-ball

2 teams try and score by running the ball into the scoring zone.

Rules are:

  • You can only pass the ball back of square.

Inside Out - Indoor Hockey Outdoors

category: Conditioned-Games

Because of the similarities with indoor and outdoor hockey it is beneficial for the teams to practice indoor style games.

Two 6 a-side teams...

Jailbreak

category: Warm-up-Games

One team runs clockwise round the inside of the circle with the other team running anti-clockwise around the outside of the circle (blue cones).

Kabadi

category: Conditioned-Games

Set up with two teams, each team having their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one...

Kabadi

category: Possession

Set up with two teams, each team having their own area in which they keep possession by passing the ball around.

The other team can send one...

Keep Possession Wall Pass

category: Possession

  • 8 Players with 1 ball.
  • 4 players on the outside are always on the side of the 2 players in possession of the ball.

    The 2 other player...

    Keep The Shape

    category: Passing-Receiving

    5 Players with one ball have to pass with only 2 touches on the ball each time, to each other in any direction whilst moving up the pitch. IMPORTANT ...

    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...

    Multiple Goal Game

    category: Conditioned-Games

    Multiple goals

    4 - 5 goals on the pitch, two teams.

    Teams score a goal by passing through the goal to a player on their team.

    Pla...

    Netball Rules - 1V1 Progression (No Grids)

    category: Conditioned-Games

    Have 2 equal teams and 2 goals in a 23 m area.

    Players play a 7v7 game with the following rule: When a player is in possession they are not ...

    Numbers Fitness

    category: Possession

    Teams of 3 - 4 players.

    • Each team numbers themselves 1-2-3-4 and has one ball.

    The ball should be passed around the tea...

    Numbers Game

    category: Possession

    Teams of 3 - 4 players. Each team numbers themselves 1-2-3-4 and has one ball. The ball should be passed around the team in numerical order while...

    Numbers Intercept

    category: Possession

    Teams of 3 - 4 players. Each team numbers themselves 1-2-3-4 and has one ball. The ball should be passed around the team in numerical order whils...

    Offset Goals

    category: Defending-Skills

    Two teams play a game against each other with off set goals.

    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...

    Pass + Follow Circle

    category: Passing-Receiving

    Players pass and follow the ball to any other player in the circle.

    Pass And Receive

    category: Passing-Receiving

    The blue team position themselves tactically around the area.

    Players with the ball make a pass to one of the static players, looking to the...

    Pass And Receive Static Wall

    category: Passing-Receiving

    Split your group in half. The white team each has a ball. The blue team position themselves evenly around the coned area and remain static.

    Pass And Receive

    category: Warm-up-Games

    The blue team position themselves tactically around the area.

    Players with the ball make a pass to one of the static players, looking to the...

    Passing Relays

    category: Moving-with-the-ball

    The inside team (white) pass the ball around the outside of the small square.

    At the same time the blue team on the large square are running...

    Passing Relays

    category: Passing-Receiving

    Passing ball around the outside of the cones. While another team is running a relay around the outside square. How many passes can the passing team d...

    Passing Relays

    category: Passing-Receiving

    The inside team (white) pass the ball around the outside of the small square.

    At the same time the blue team on the large square are running...

    Passing Round Hoops

    category: Practices-For-Juniors

    Using the plastic hoola hoops place them around the pitch. Players get in groups of 3 and pass a ball around the putside of the hoops.

    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 ...

    Practice For Scoring Goals

    category: Shooting-Goalscoring

    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...

    Quick Shot

    category: Shooting-Goalscoring

    Pass and follow to a player positioned just outside the circle
    or inside if that is relevant to your team.
    one thing obout staying out side the ...

    Retention Of Possession - 2V2V2

    category: Possession

    2 teams combine to play 4 versus 2

    • All players must remain in the box
    • The attackers who lose the ball becomes the defenders

    Reverse Drag Relay

    category: Eliminating-a-Player

    Player 1 runs up to the 2 cones and reverse stick drags the ball through them before then running to the far cone.

    When they reach the far ...

    Right Side Understanding

    category: Possession

    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...

    Round The Back

    category: Conditioned-Games

    Play 5 vs 5 or 6 vs 6 with goals facing to the side line (can also be played with one goal positioned on the top of the circle turned to the back l...

    Run Around

    category: Passing-Receiving

    After one of the players has passed the ball to the player next to them, they have to run all the way around to try and get back to their place bef...

    Run Around Relays

    category: Moving-with-the-ball

    4 Teams, 1 ball in each team.

    The 1st player in each team has to run around the outside of the inside square.

    Only once they have ret...

    Running Relays

    category: Moving-with-the-ball

    Players in teams have to run the ball to the opposite cone for the next player to run the ball back.

    Running The Figure Of 8

    category: Moving-with-the-ball

    Player runs in figure of 8 around the 2 cones using only their forehand.

    Running With Ball

    category: Practices-For-Juniors

  • Setup as shown.
  • Split the group into 2 - One group with balls the other without.
  • The blue team have a ball each and on the coach'...

    Self Pass - Getting The Ball Wide

    category: Movement-off-the-ball

    This is a basic practice to help teach players a simple pattern to get the ball out of the back.

    Gold players start with a sideline hit and ...

    Shooting Challenge

    category: Shooting-Goalscoring

    This challenge requires two teams; team 1 has to try and score with two touches (1st into the circle 2nd to shoot).

    Team 2's players have to...

    Shooting Game

    category: Conditioned-Games

    - Play a half pitch game, with various numbers of equal teams
    - Two teams, with each time lined up at the side of the pitch
    - Each player...

    Shooting Game

    category: Practices-For-Juniors

    - Play a half pitch game, with various numbers of equal teams
    - Two teams, with each time lined up at the side of the pitch
    - Each player...

    Shooting

    category: Shooting-Goalscoring

    Development: Player 1 feeds from different positions around the circle.

    Shortcorner Move For Weekend

    category: Set-Pieces

    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)

    Sideline Self Pass Practice

    category: Self-Pass

    Set the pitch out as shown lots of ball son the side line. The 2 teams play normal 5 a-side. When the whistle goes player in possession leaves the...

    Simple Press

    category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

    This animation is made to show my team The way we set up our press and where each player moves according to where the ball is.

    Speed Up The Self Pass

    category: Self-Pass

    2 teams

    set out 2 small triangles with 1 meter sides.

    1 player from each team and a ball stand inside the triangle inside the 5 metre...

    Squeeze And Lift

    category: 3D-skills

    - Performing the squeeze from right to left, and a reverse stick dink over hurdles

    Straight And Square

    category: Movement-off-the-ball

    2 Players with one ball. 1 Player can only pass square, the other only straight forward. After each pass, the player has to run across to be able to...

    Support And Swap

    category: Possession

    The team with the ball must try and keep possession of the ball. Only 2 players from each team are allowed to be inside the area.

    1 player...

    Switch To Avoid Congestion

    category: Game-related

    When a team changes direction of the ball and the forwards don't come back nothing changes and the situation remains congested up front.

    Switch To Avoid Congestion

    category: Session-Videos

    When a team chages direction of the ball and the forwards don't come back nothing changes in the situation sti congested

    Switch To Avoid Congestion

    category: Session-Videos

    When a team chages direction of the ball and the forwards don't come back nothing changes in the situation sti congested

    Switching The Ball

    category: Passing-Receiving

  • Setup the practice as shown.
  • Split the group into two.
  • Player 1 dribbles up to the cone before passing the ball across to p...

    Team Escape

    category: Overload-situations

    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...

    Team Lead Running - With Switch Play

    category: Movement-off-the-ball

    Exercise starts with the ball being played to the half back, then down the line for a player running out to receive.

    This player should the...

    Team Relay

    category: Scoring-on-the-break

    Four teams of 3 or 4 players. Put one goal 15m over the half way line so the half way line is the top of the circle.

    The four team teams, on...

    Team Relay

    category: Self-Pass

    Four teams of 3 or 4 players. Put one goal 15m over the half way line so the half way line is the top of the circle.

    The four team teams, on...

    Terminator

    category: Defending-Skills

    The players each have a ball. On the coaches command the defending team comes in to the area and tries to hit all the balls out. If a player gets ...

    The 3 - 1 - 3 - 3 Formation

    category: Roles-and-Responsibilities

    This document explains the 3 - 1 - 3 - 3 formation.

    The European Sweeper System is a naturally fluid one; currently played by the majority of t...

    Through The Goal

    category: Conditioned-Games

    Team scores goal by making a successful pass to a team mate through the oppositions goal (from front to back direction).
    This should encourage...

    Tracking Back

    category: Defending-Skills

    - Ball is fed into a forward on the half way line T- spot
    - Two defenders
    - One defender is set slightly ahead of the forward
    - The ...

    Tracking Back

    - Ball is fed into a forward on the half way line T- spot
    - Two defenders
    - One defender is set slightly ahead of the forward
    - The ...

    Two Jokers - Create the 6 vs 4

    Set up a grid (size depends on the ability of your players) and nominate 2 players as the the jokers in the pack (yellow players).

    The jokers...

    Two or Three Touch Game

    Players play a normal game of hockey with the added rule that the players are only allowed to touch the ball 2 or 3 times.

    Unopposed 11-a-side

    The team has to pass the ball around the team using two touches. However, when ever players run out of position, a player misses the ball or runs w...

    Using the Boards

    Set up a line of cones about 5 to 8 metres away from the boards forming a long thin pitch.

    Make two end zones

    2 teams of 4 nominate a...

    Wide Goals

    Game with 2 teams. Both teams have two goals to score in.

    This is to encourage teams to get the ball out of congested areas into the open sp...

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    Overcoming on the ball nerves

    6 drills and games designed to improve your players' on the ball confidence and improve their passing and dribbling decision making skills

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    Community Drills

    Autosave 64355664

    4 v 4 4 Goal GameScore through any of the goals by passing the ball to a teammate on the opposite side of the goal.

    Possession and Close Control

    Set up as shown in two teams. The idea is to keep the ball. Players in the centre need to pass and move around players on the outside can't be tac...

    Opposites - 4 & 4 in grid

    (N.B Best shown with board and demonstrated.)Area 20m x 20m. 2 Teams of 4 in square slit into quarters. 2 players in the square to maintai...

    Autosave 94058182

    Split into 4 teams - each team in a different color. When a team scores they stay on the field - the next color team comes on. Team that lost waits be...

    Copy of Autosave 75819305

    Players have to stay within their zone.Can create different rules - teams have to use player in middle or they can gain an extra point if they skip th...

    Autosave 80893350

    Can play 4v4 or 5v5. Directional play. Can score in either gate but has to be the correct way through the gate.Dribble through the gate earn 1 point. ...

    Autosave 88972819

    Play a regulr 7v7 - can play through the coned area.Stipulation: If a team gaines possesion in the middle of the field - they must go back around the ...

    Pass and move triangle

    Set up four cones with a player stationed at three of them.Player in the middle of the triangle has the ball and must pass, along the side of their tr...