Handball drills for defense



  • Make 5 equal groups, 1 group at each side and 3 in the middle.
  • Make sure both sides have several balls.
  • Put 2 defenders (red) just inside the 9 meter line.


  • B1 plays to B2
  • B2 runs to the ball and plays to B3
  • B3 plays to B4 and B4 tries to score.
  • Meanwhile, B1 has to chase the ball to help the defenders.

Then repeat from left to right.

Points of attention:

  • Swap positions clockwise every 2 min,
  • After 10 minutes everyone has played every position.
  • Pass quickly and accurately, if the defenders get the ball, stop the exercise and start again from the other side.


  • 1 defender (V1) with attacker (A1) on the circle
  • 1 defender (V2) in front who has to catch the attacking structure (A2)
  • Attacking set-up A2 receives ball from the corner (A3) and runs towards V2;
  • A1 steps out and stands left of V2 and blocks, A2 passes V2 on the right who is blocked by A1;
  • Circle defender V1 has to choose, either follow A1 or pass to A2;
  • A2 has to choose, if V1 comes, pass to A1, who then turns away from block position and stands free on the circle;
  • or A2 shoots himself if V1 chooses to continue defending A1.
  • Mutual play,
  • if necessary, stop play and let them look at positions,
  • Who stands where and what choice do you make to play the ball to?
  • 4 attackers 4 defenders.
  • Fanatic defending against the man.
  • Attackers have to pass, run free and look out for their opponents.
  • 2 people stand at the circle both with their backs to the goal.
  • One is the defender and the other the attacker.
  • The attacker stands in front of the defender with his back to the defender and his back to the goal.
  • The attacker receives the ball and should try to turn towards the goal and finish
  • The defender must prevent the attacker from scoring
  • From the centre line, 2 people start running away at the same time,
  • 1 of them with the ball.
  • You imitate a break out and then look at how you have to defend, i.e. on the ball!
  • 3 people at the 6 and 3 in the attack.
  • The attackers are going to make substitutions forcing the defense to surrender and take over by talking!
  • divide over 2 teams
  • 1 team wears vests
  • play a match to automate agreements in defence and attack
  • game takes place across the width of the hall
  • Place 2x 2 cones on both sides
  • Divide group in two teams
  • goal is to put the ball on the ground between the cones of the opponent
  • variations with loss and gain:
    • who makes the first five points wins, other team press-ups/frog-jumps, running across the field etc.
    • when player with ball is trapped so that passing is not possible: team of player who is trapped must push up five times etc. (Meant to promote speed in playing around and trapping player with ball)
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