Topic 1 Overload Defence 5 on 4 or 4 on 3


This drill makes the players work more, because of one less defender while trying to stop the offense.


Emphasis is given on communication. You should keep one less defender to stop the offence. Practice rotations after the ball is out.


  • Keep 4 offensive players around the perimeter and 3 defenders in the lane.
  • Ball goes to offenders and the defensive players have to match up as fast as possible.
  • Offenders should try scoring
  • The same defensive player can not guard two passes in a row.
  • Try more variations e.g. 5 on 4, 3 on 2.

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