Drill Categories

Defending Skills Drills

A hockey defender's main role is to stop the attack, regain possession of the ball and pass the ball to a fellow player to begin an attack from the ba...


Passing The Ball Out From The Back

category: Defending-Skills

4 players spread the ball round the back standing in defensive formation by their cone. The players pass and receive the ball, moving it from one side...

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 they have ...

Exploring The Back Line From Left

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

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 ca...

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 allow...

Back Foot Shot

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Run to the ball and shoot on the turn. Also known as utilising the 'backspace' A useful skill for strikers working on getting away from a defender, e...

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 line...

Using The Back Line To Score

category: Overload-situations

Players start from the left or the right with a ball. One defender in the Circle and one support attacker on the back line. Players with the ball star...

Back Foot Shot

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Practice moving the ball with the first touch to escape an imaginary defender and then shoot with the ball in line with the back foot, giving the kee...

Pass Back To Top

category: Shooting-Goalscoring

Players run in to the circle along the back line from which they pass the ball to a player at the top of the circle on the opposite side of the goal.

Slalom From Back Line

category: Moving-with-the-ball

Two groups of players start on the back line. Player dribbles with the ball through the cones and shoots at goal from the top of the circle. (Make sur...

Web Videos

Fieldhockey defense

How to manage defense Produced by England Hockey Supplied by European Hockey Federation.



Receiving the ball under pressure

Conditioned games to improve your players' peripheral vision, so they can use their first touch when receiving the ball to move into space

Community Drills

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Practice and progressions:Core skills:Keeper pairs up with an outfield player and practices kicking ball with alternate feet while outfield player pra...

Ball Round The Back

While Ant checks attacking team understanding of press, Nic talks about ball round back with back 4 - or vice versa perhaps?1.Picking ball up on move ...


Game where each player wears bibs on their left hip. If the opposing player can get close enough to take the bib and they do then the ball turns over ...