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.
Floorball warm up practice up to the left (a)
This is a combined floorball practice drill, where P1 starts from the border and takes a shot, after that he/she works with defense, running backwards in middle and finally checks / steers the imagined breakout towards the other border. This pattern can be used if you are playing with 2-2-1 or for example 1-3-1 set up.
Floorball warm up practice up to the left (a), change it to a 1 vs 1 drill
Make the floorball drill to 1 on 1 practice by using P1 as passive defensive player against P2. P1 will only mark his/her presence and let P2 pass to make a shot.
Floorball warm up practice down to the left (b)
The floorball drill is started by P1 running in from the border, he/she takes a shot, after the shot, there is an imagined break-out for the opponent, therefore P1 runs backwards in the middle. Then he/she forechecks (imagined players / break out) and wins the ball in the corner. P1 picks up a new ball in the corner. P2 runs down and receives a short pass by the border and takes a shot from the angle. P2 repeats the same patterna as P1 has done towards the other corner.
Floorball warm up practice down to the left (b) add a pass
The floorball practice can also be performed like above, but when P1 forechecks towards the corner, P1 receives a pass from P2 instead of picking up a new ball in the corner.
Floorball warm up practice down to the left (b), make it 1 vs 1
You could also run this floorball drill as a one on one drill. Remove the pass in the corner and make the P1 play defense against P2 in the second sequence. Then P1 can do the running also facing the opposite goal (up – down to the corner – up to meet the offensive player)
2-1 Floorball warm up practice down to the left (b)
To change and develop the floorball drill further into a 2-1 situation, you can start with two players where P1 starts, the player following P1 goes for the rebound and picks up the new ball, which he/she will lose after the forecheck from P1 after that he/she will play 1-2 against P1 and P2.
Make the above floorball practices to 2–0, 3-1, 3-2 or 3–3. This is a description of how to change basic practices described in yesterdays post.
2 vs 0 floorball drill, option 1
Make the floorball drill to the left to a 2 vs 0 practice by removing the defensemen from the drill. In that case P2 receives the pass and moves in front of the goal to take a shot, or why not practice a Zorro-move when coming from behind the goal.
3 vs. 1 floorball drill, option 2
Make the floorball practice 3 vs 1 by adding a defensemen who follows P1, P2 or passively disturbs the defensemen.
3 vs 2 floorball drill, option 3
Make the floorball practice 3 vs 2 by adding two defensemen who follows P1 and P2
3 vs 3 floorball practice, option 4
You can also make the floorball drill to a 3 vs 3 drill by adding defensemen who follows each offensive player (including the defensemen). You can say that in that case you have three 1 on 1 situations where you need to beat the opponent in order to be successful. The defensive players can be passive in the beginning, just marking their presence.
3 vs 3 floorball practice, option 5
3 vs 3 can also be done like this. Make the first moves like in the floorball drill drawing. When the defensemen receives the pass three defensemen step in to the practice and they play 3 on 3 until the “ball is dead”, by that I mean the ball is in goal, the goalie has the ball or the defensemen has passed the ball to “P1” the next in line to start up the drill.
Offensive floorball practices and drills – to the left
The floorball practice to the left starts with player 1 running with the ball towards the short end. P2 runs to the short on the other side of the goal. P1 passes the ball to P2, who turns around with the ball and passes on the ball to the defensemen. The defensemen takes a couple of steps with the ball and shoots. P1 and P2 goes for the area in front of the posts for rebounds.
Floorball practice /drill to the right
The floorball drill to the right follows the same pattern as the practice above or to the left. The difference is in that the defensemen does not take the shot, but he/she makes a diagonal pass to P1 instead, who takes the shot. After the pass D1 takes a new ball and takes a shot from distance. P1 and P2 in front of the goal, to make mask for the goalie and to pick up possible rebounds.
Change this floorball drill to 3-0, 2-0, 3-1, 3-2 or 3-3 practice
I will describe how you can change this drill to a 3-0, 2-0, 3-1, 3-2 or 3-3 practice in the next post in this floorball blog, welcome back tomorrow…
2-2-1 Normal or Offensive Floorball Set up / System
2-2-1 is in my mind very easy and a simple set to use in floorball. P1 is the key on steering the opponents attacks towards one border.
You can “visually” be balanced in 2-2-1, meaning how the other teams see your positioning. But you can decide by your forecheck that you will try to force all the breakouts to just one side, so you start neutral, but you will close one side by your running and positioning.
2-2-1 Floorball Defensive Set up / System
2-2-1 Floorball Set up / System, checking or steering to left
By deciding to move players forward on one side (right in example), you will force the other team to make their breakouts on one side, this way you can limit at least some breakout options for the opposite floorball team. It’s a bit risky but at least you will be aware of it.
By strengthening one side or almost closing it, you can also confuse the other team, since many of the set ups are very balanced. Of course you should try force the other team to play up on their weak side or on your own strong side.