Hockey drills for defense

  1. defender 1 passes to attacker 1
  2. attacker 1 to attacker 2
  3. through pass from attacker 2 to attacker 1
  4. defender 1 defends on attacker 1 when he has received the through pass
  5. attacker 2 attacks > 2v1


  • Set up a small field.
  • Let the children choose fruits of their choice
  • Call off those fruits, than the ones that were called out, do a 1v1 
  • The exercise is meant to simulate a game.
  • It is therefore intended that one team consists of the defenders/defending midfielders and the other team consists of the attackers.
  • The attackers can score in the normal goal (decide if they can hit high as in the game).
  • The defending side can score by driving the ball.
  • Over the line of the goals on the half way line.   
  • The attackers learn to play over and finish at goal and the defending side learns to defend to the outside.  


  • Purpose; passing over large distances, while running. Finishing and tackleback.
  • A plays long pass to B, 
  • B drives the ball to the right and plays through to C who shoots at goal. 
  • Once the shot has been completed, the next player on A passes to D
  • and D starts a dribble towards the goal (scoring past penalty spot), 
  • C defends this attack.
  • Rotation: A1BCDA2


  • Attacker plays to defender, and plays the ball back to the attacker.
  • Then the attacker is allowed to attack towards goal. 
  • At 1, the ball begins and passes to the defender who then passes it to the out-going attacker. 
  • From there it is 2 to 1
  • See number 2, only the players remain and it becomes a 4 against 2.


  • A game is not only fun, you also learn a lot from them.

Set up

  • Very simple: 2 goals, some vests and some balls. 
  • Surely no more explanation is required? 
  • This kind of game isn't really for training something specific (e.g. playing outside with a box in the middle), but just to have fun.
  • If a team goes loses way too easy, you can enter the rule that they have to pass 3 times before they can score. 
  • Or you can make that team's goal smaller.



  • 2 teams
  • 5 players per team
  • 3 goals per team
  • 2 yellow independent goals in the centre of the pitch

  • Game: team blue against team red. 
  • Team red scores at one of the 3 blue pilons and team blue scores at one of the 3 red pilons. 
  • When the ball goes through one of the two yellow goals, the goals turn around. 
  • Team blue scores at the blue pilons and team red scores at the red pilons. 
  • When the ball goes through one of the yellow goals again, it turns around again.


Ball possession Take a good look at which of the 6 goals there's a lot of free space

Not in ball possession Trap the player with the ball from multiple sides


Game with different variations:

  • with grip
  • with globe
  • with stick in weird position
  • with other balls

  • A player of Blue (1) passes the ball to e.g. player 2 of Orange. This team tries to score over the 23-metre line in a yellow goal.
  • Blue interferes with the defending of the Orange and tries to capture the ball and score in the normal goal. When Blue is over the 23-metre line, the team-mate at the side-line is allowed to join the game.
  • Blue substitutes with Orange after 2 goals from either team.


Tips Ball possession

  • Pass with good speed and direction.
  • Be available (outside of the field).
  • Use the hard feint pass (flats and push).

Tips Not Ball possession

  • Force the player in ball possession to the side.
  • Provoke making mistakes.
  • Perform a quick counter after conquering ball.

Tips Counter

  • Force the player in ball possession to the side.
  • Provoke making mistakes.
  • Perform a quick counter after conquering ball

Make it easier

  • Make the field deeper (towards the center line).

Make it more difficult

  • 1 extra player per team.


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