The Rules

Playing 3v3 in the main area, the attacking team receives a ball from a server and tries to turn and pass to the opposite side.

Defenders can win the ball back in the main area or step into the end zone if they are able to anticipate the timing and direction of a pass.

Each successful interception gains a point. Upon intercepting the ball the defender turns and passes to the opposite side and the roles reverse.

Switch the servers and middle players after, say, 10 points (total).

Main Objectives

Improve marking distances and anticipation of an opponent’s pass in order to intercept and counter attack.

Set Up

Area: 40×30 yards with two 10 yard end zones
Players: 12
Equipment: Cones and balls

Interceptors Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 1

The team receives a pass from a server.


Interceptors Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 2

They try to turn and pass to the players on the opposite side.


Interceptors Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 3

The defenders try to intercept the ball and attack.

What To Call Out

“Touch tight”
“Stay side on”
“Be patient”


Encourage the defending team to press the server. This should enable them to force the direction of the pass making it predictable for the other two defenders and easier to intercept the ball.


Don’t allow players to slide tackle. The focus of this game is reading and intercepting passes, not tackling. Praise all good skills and decisions.


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