I wrote earlier about the Swedish 2-2-1 set up and quite aggressive forecheck, if you then look at the World Champions in hockey Russia, you find almost the opposite, very defensive 4-1 or V set up. When the forecheck is started they have almost a 2-2-1 set up, that is transferred to a wall or trap when they stop the attack from the opposite team. Not maybe fully transferrable to floorball, but I hope this post still will create some thoughts outside the box…
In the International Coaching Training, during the World Championships in Sweden, we also had the opportunity to listen to the Swedish National Hockey team coach, before each game.
Before the game against Russia, the team formation or system was discussed. Earlier Sweden have been playing 2-2-1 with defined or static roles, and with the mindset of putting pressure when the timing is correct. Since the statement “when timing is correct” can create confusion, he system has been changed, and the valuing part of “when it’s correct time” has been removed.
Today Sweden play 2-2-1, but player 1 in top will always put pressure and the roles are not static, the most offensive player will take the role of being P1 and the player that puts the pressure imediately, the other forwards will then adjust and take the two other roles P2 and P3.
Floorball game drills 2 – 0 (left)
Floorball practice to the left is started up with P1 moving forward with the ball, turning into the centre. P2 runs towards the goal and receives a diagonal pass from P1. P2 shoots the ball into the goal and P1 goes for a possible rebound.
Option 1 to the 2-0 floorball practice
P2 continues his/her running to the other side/post, and creates space for P1 to move in to the other border, P1 takes a shot or passes the ball to P2, who then will put the ball in goal.
Option 2 make the floorball practice 2-1
Add a defensive player to the floorball drill who will join the situation from the right corner or start from the middle.
Option 3 make the floorball practice 2-2
Add two defensive players to the floorball practice, these will join the situation from the right corner and from the middle.
Option 4, develop 2 vs 2 floorball practice situation
Perform the floorball practice like in the basic set up. After the shot P1 and P2 will defend against two forwards coming from the right corner. Play 2-2 until the ball is dead, the ball is in goal, the goalie has it or the defensemen has passed the ball to P1 or P2 que.
3-0 Floorball practice to the right
Player 1 starts the floorball practice by running with ball towards the defensemen, the defensemen moves to the border and receives a pass from P1. P1 heads for the area in front of the goal, meanwhile D1 passes the ball to P2 , P2 immediately passes the ball to P1, who will shoot the ball into goal.
Make the floorball drill to the right a 2-1 practice
The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you can add a defensive player from the other corner. D1 will not be part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 2 vs 1 in front of the goal.
Make the floorball practice to the right a 2-2 drill
The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you will add a defensive player from the opposite corner and one defensive player following P1. D1 will not be part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 2 vs 2 in front of the goal.
Make the floorball practice to the right a 3-1 drill
The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you will add a defensive player from the opposite corner. D1 is part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 3 vs 1.
Make the floorball practice drill to the right a 3-2 situation
The floorball practice drill is performed as in the basic set up, but you will add a defensive player from the opposite corner and one defensive player following P1. D1 is part of the floorball drill after the pass, therefore the situation will be 3 vs 2.
3 vs 0 Floorball practice to left
In the floorball drill to the right P1 starts running with ball from the corner, P3 leaves his/her position in front of the goal, and meets P1. P1 continues his/her running behind the goal and passes the ball to P2. P2 runs with the ball towards the short end, P1 takes P2 position. P2 passes the ball to P3 who has returned back in front of the goal. P3 shoots the ball into the goal. P4 is not part of the drill if you practice it 3 vs 0.
Add a pass to the floorball drill
After a while you can add a pass in this drill, when P2 meet P1, P2 passes to P1, P1 passes to P3, P3 takes the shot on goal.
Change the 3-0 floorball practice
Or P1 does not pass the ball to P3, instead P1 turns around and takes the shot, P2 and P3 are in front of the goal to pick up rebounds.
4 vs 0 floorball practice to the left
You perform the floorball drill as described in the first step, but you add P4 as one option for the pass from P2, the shot will then come from P3 or P4.
Change the floorball drill to a 3-2, 4-2 or 4-3 situation
Add two or three defensemen to the floorball practice drill to get a 3-2, 4-2 or 4-3 situation. The defensemen will follow players 1, 2 and/or 3.
2 vs 0 floorball practice (left)
You can also make a 2-0 situation of this floorball practice. In that case you do the floorball drill as the drawing shows until the pass to P2. After P1 has made the pass he/she turn around and goes behind the goal the sam way he/she has come, P2 passes the ball to P1 in front of the goal. P1 shoots the ball into the net. If you do the practice this way P3 and P4 are not included at all in the floorball practice.