Work to get a ball high up the field and utilize baseline players.

4v4 Pushing Up Field.

NFHCA Field Hockey Drill of the Week, 4-2-1 Drill

Objective: Attack with pace, decision-making surrounding risk of the play.

Set Up: 

  • Size of the game is up to the coach. The size should accommodate 4 v 4 about a 25×20 yard playing area. You can also play 5 v 5 or 6 v 6 with a larger playing space.

The Drill:

  • Both teams have an extra two players on their attacking baseline; those players can receive and pass but not enter the playing area. They can move on the baseline, out of bounds, off the playing grid.
  • Goalkeepers will need to work to keep track of the baseline balls and also play the baseline player and watch the overlapping players looking to join the play.
  • Attacking players look to get the ball upfield quickly and then support the play and get up to support the ball. This drill requires players to pass and move upfield to score the goal.