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The Change of Direction drill teaches boys' and girls' players to dodge, use footwork, and transition movements into a shot. Getting time and space to get off a shot is the main theme of the drill.

Skill Level: Intermediate
Time Needed: 15 minutes
Theme: Cradling and dodging
Field Location: Attack zone


  • Set up four cones around the goal as shown in the diagram.
  • At each cone, players will perform a dodge, switch or change of direction, and finish with a shot on goal.
  • Emphasize getting time and space to shoot, changing direction and moving to get their hands free.
  • Players work on powering off each move at the cone and shooting on the run.

Skill Practiced

  • Dodging
  • Conditioning
  • Footwork
  • Shooting


Vary the locations where the cones are set up. You might also add a defender or coach at the last cone to simulate how and where you needed to create time and space for the shot. Lastly, add targets on net or add a goalie to make your shooters work different locations on the goal.

Boys' Demo Video

Girls' Demo Video

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