Category Archives for Drills & Exercises

5 v 4 High Press Game

By Steven Smith

Area Size: Two fields of 20 by 25 side by side
Teams: Four teams of four to five depending on objective
Time: Approximately 15-17 minutes

Setup:
Two grids side by side are set up each with full size goals. Field size is 20 wide by 25 long. Two teams on each field set up to play against each other.

Execution:
The black team with five attacking players compete against four defensive players in yellow. If the black team scores they get 5 points per goal. If the yellow team intercepts the black team tries to win the ball back in four seconds. If they are unable to do so, the yellow team earns 5 points. If yellow can score on goal during their possession then all of the points the black team has accumulated goes to zero. Yellow does not get points for scoring. All play starts with the ball from the keeper of the black team. Always play make it take it.

Variations:
Every four minutes two players from the black team move to the yellow team. Once every black player has changed a full cycle will have been completed. Run two full cycles.

Black team can only attack the opposite goal from the last one scored on.

By Steve Smith
Steve Smith has been a men’s college coach that holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Doctorate in Physical Education.

4v4+4 Transition Game

By Steven Smith

Area Size: Grid approximately 30X25 Yards

Teams: Three teams of four or other variations of numbers as needed

Time: 12-15 Minutes

Setup:
The teams are set up as shown with four black attackers vs. four yellow defenders. The red team is lined up on the outside of the field. Full sized goals with keepers.

Execution:
Teams play four vs. four in the space. The black team attacks the one full sided goal and the yellow team attacks the other full sided goal. The red team is played in by either team but cannot participate until played into by one of the teams in possession. Once possession is lost by either team the red team drops back off until played in again by one of the teams.

AS SOON AS ONE TEAM SCORES, THE RED TEAM TRANSITIONS ONTO THE FIELD AND THE LOSING TEAM MOVES TO THE OUTSIDE. The scoring team gets the advantage of make it/take it and tries to score again during the transition of the red team arriving on the field.

Variations:
• Coach can restart every ball
• Goal keeper can restart every ball
• Outside team rotates in after every goal or every two goals
• Always play make it take it

By Steve Smith
Steve Smith has been a men’s college coach that holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Doctorate in Physical Education.

Defensive Patterns

By Steven Smith

Area Size: Full width and half field of length

Time: Full progression will take about 12-15 minutes

Setup:
Two lines of four defenders face each other in a 40-yard gap in functional back third.

Execution:
Ball is passed from members of the same line and on coaches command the ball is passed to the other line. The movement of the players must shift as the ball in in possession depending on the tactical choices of the coach. Both groups should be moving a ball at the same time.

Variations:
Have two balls going and number the players by position. Coach calls pass to player number and on whistle the ball is moved to the opposite line.

Coach can number the players rather than allowing use of names to elicit thinking and decision making.

Have a single player from each side call out where the pass is going. Then the player must call out where the ball will switch to when the ball crosses to the other group. Demand that the ball hits the target player and is not sprayed wide or over.

Increase distances between the two groups of four defenders in order to work on clearing distances.

By Steve Smith
Steve Smith has been a men’s college coach that holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Doctorate in Physical Education.

8v8v8 Transition

By Steven Smith

Area Size: Approximately 55 yards of width including space between the grids

Team Size: Groups of 8

Time: 15 minutes for full rotation of all teams

Setup: Two grids are set up 20X20 yards with a 15-yard gap in between them. Teams are divided into three groups of 8 (or other combinations of numbers).

Execution: Black team in one grid and Yellow team in the other grid. The red team remains outside of each grid with 4 players from the red team Execution at each grid. Coach serves the ball into one grid and the four red players enter to defend and stop the black team from connecting 8 passes.

If the red team knocks the ball out of the grid they exit the grid to the waiting point again and the coach immediately serves a ball into the yellow grid. The reds waiting there must do the same thing and keep the yellow group from connecting 8 passes.

If the teams are successful in connecting 8 passes and sending the ball to the opposite grid, then the yellow defenders must switch to defending the opposite grid. See diagrams. Two minute games and then rotate defensive group colors.

By Steve Smith
Steve Smith has been a men’s college coach that holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Doctorate in Physical Education.

Reverse Goal Transition

By Steven Smith

Area Size: This activity can be done on a full-sized field or in smaller spaces depending on the needs of the coach and team sizes available for training. The two diagrams represent the two approaches.

Teams: Two teams of various sizes depending on the space used

Time: 15 minutes

Setup and Execution:
Full size field (or smaller depending on numbers) is set up with two full size portable goals twenty-two yards from the end line facing the end line (opposite of normal goals). Two teams are evenly divided and attack the opposite goal just like a normal full sided game.

Players set up to play a full sided game, however, the goal is facing the opposite direction and a set number of players must transition beyond the goal before a shot can be taken on goal. The whole team must be on the same half of the field but perhaps 7 of them must be beyond the goal. Coach can vary the number for transition beyond the goal before a goal can be scored.

Variations:
• Coach can determine how many must transition to beyond the opposite facing goal.
• All players must cross midline on attacking team in order for a goal to be scored.
• The coach can adapt this full-sided game to a small-sided game with mini goals and no keepers as shown in the second diagram.

By Steve Smith
Steve Smith has been a men’s college coach that holds an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma and a Doctorate in Physical Education.