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Afl Coaching Tactics > Stoppage Stations

Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Hard Running, Decision Making, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Stoppages, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd, Ruck, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Purpose
Practicing stoppages near goal is invaluable for forwards and defenders alike. This drill simulates stoppages from both ball-up and throw-in situations within scoring range.
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Players
10+
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Ages
13+
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Balls
1+
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Cones
0
distance
Distance (max)
80m
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Opp. tops
50%
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Visible opposition strip: 50%
  • Setup

    6v6 (can use up to 8v8), use both ends if enough numbers.
  • Step 1

    Choose a spot on the ground within scoring range to take a stoppage. This may be a boundary throw-in or ball-up. Examples of these are (A) to (E) on the diagram.
    This is an opportunity for your first ruck and rovers to co-ordinate some set plays.
  • Step 2

    Coach throws the ball (up/in), players compete with the yellow team attempting to score, and the red team attempting to clear the ball beyond the defensive edge of the square.
    The yellow team should designate a more central hit zone, whilst pushing to the boundary is safer for defending sides
  • Step 3

    After each contest, score the attacking team as follows.
    2 points for a goal
    1 point for a shot on goal
    -2 points if the defenders clear the ball
  • Step 4

    Once 5 stoppages are completed, call out the team's total score. Rotate players; the next team attempts to beat the winning score.
More Drills
demo
play
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Groups of
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8
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
1
Distance (max)
distance
15m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Run & Carry.
Skills
Shepherd, Crumb.
demo
play
video
Players
group
16+
Ages
profile
11 +
Balls
ball
1+
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
80m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square.
Skills
Handballing, Kick Long, Shepherd.
demo
play
video
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
6+
Cones
cone
6
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Hard Running, Front & Square, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Crumb.
Players
group
10+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
40m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Stoppages, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Tackle, Shepherd, Handball Quick, Ruck, Crumb.
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
15 +
Balls
ball
2+
Cones
cone
8
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Contested ball, Decision Making, Run & Carry, Forward line delivery, Goalkicking, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handballing, Tackle, Shepherd, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Players
group
18+
Ages
profile
6 +
Balls
ball
3
Cones
cone
28
Distance (max)
distance
160m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Front & Square, Run & Carry, Fun.
Skills
GoalKicking, Kicking, Handball Long.
Players
group
20+
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls
ball
1
Cones
cone
4
Distance (max)
distance
70m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Contested ball, Front & Square, Decision Making, Stoppages, Gameplan/Strategy.
Skills
Kicking, Tackle, Shepherd, Handball Quick, Ruck, Crumb, Mark Contest.
Groups of
group
group-arrow
icon-group
-4
Ages
profile
13 +
Balls/grp
ball
1
Cones
cone
0
Distance (max)
distance
20m
Focus
Skills under pressure, Defensive, Contested ball, Front & Square, Stoppages.
Skills
Ruck, Crumb.
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