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Former Tar Heels Help Bring Home a World Cup Title

By Kevin Fitzpatrick - Last updated: Monday, July 6, 2015

The USWNT captured the World Cup on Sunday evening, defeating Japan by a score of 5-2 to give the United States their third Women’s World Cup title – the first country to ever accomplish that feat.

Six of the players on the team – Lori Chalupny, Whitney Engen, Ashlyn Harris, Meghan Klingenberg, Tobin Heath and Heather O’Reilly – are former University of North Carolina stars that played under decorated head coach Anson Dorrance. Dorrance has led his teams to 22 National Collegiate Championships, 20 ACC Tournament Championships and the most wins in college soccer history. Along the way, Dorrance has been named National Soccer Coach of the Year seven times.

Former Tar Heel Tobin Heath’s goal that sealed the deal for the USWNT in the World Cup final (go to 1:14):

Dorrance’s players were not only members of the USWNT in the World Cup, they also played for Canada (Robin Gayle), New Zealand (Katie Bowen) and England (Lucy Bronze).

If you’d like to receive coaching from Anson Dorrance himself, be sure to look through an exclusive list of videos featuring the Tar Heels’ head coach HERE.

Also, discover more world-class soccer instruction from the best coaches in the business in the Championship Productions library.

Learn the Individual Skills to Build a Strong Defense!

By dustin.moscoso - Last updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014

A defender’s individual approach and body positioning are key skills for a strong team defense. Phil Barnes is the Assistant Coach on the University of North Carolina Women’s Lacrosse team, led by Head Coach Jenny Levy. In this segment Coach Barnes has his players work to improve their approach. 

Roof J Drill

Drill Setup: This drill is setup with 2 players, a defender and an attacker, a goal and 3 cones that form a large triangle or the “roof of the defense.” This roof, helps the defender follow a path to force the ball carrier away from the middle of the 8m and 12m arch, and down the wing to a less threatening area.

Athlete Movement: To start the drill, the attacker will receive the ball and the defender will perform a “J” to gain good positioning on the ball carrier. The ball carrier will then attempt to work their way to the front of the goal challenging the defender. With good positioning, the defender forces the ball carrier around the 3 cones or “over the top of the roof” and down to a less threatening area. The ball carrier has the option to change direction a few times to challenge the defender’s stance.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest videos on Lacrosse Defense.

Improve Catching and Passing with These Fast Pace Drills!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

These high tempo drills from 2013 National Championship coach, Jenny Levy, will help players improve their passing and catching skills while being challenged by full speed running and multiple types of passes. These are great drills for players to complete many repetitions in a short amount of time. It helps players improve their muscle memory for catching, cradling and passing while moving at full speed. 

Perfect Passing

Drill Setup: These passing line drills require 2 cones spaced 20 to 25 yards apart. The players are divided evenly among the cones so there are at least 5 players per passing line. One player will be at cone #1 while another player from that group will be at cone #2 forming a line.

Athlete Movements:

The first drill is a “give and go” pass where a player will begin running to receive a pass from cone #1. That player will then come to a slow down, pass the ball back to cone #1 and return to the end of the line. Each player will complete a repetition of the pass until the drill is ended.

The second passing line drill contains more passes. With the same setup of cones and players, the goal of this drill is to get the players completing passes at different distances. To begin the drill, a player from cone #2 will run full speed to the player at cone #1, go around the player and run back to cone #2. While running to the player at cone #1, a long, then short, and then close quarter pass must be completed. As the athlete returns to cone #2, they will receive an over the shoulder pass, which will then be passed to the next person in line and the next repetition begins.

Teaching Points:

  • Spread the cones based on your team’s athletic ability.
  • Faster tempo adds pressure on the players.
  • Set a controlled yet challenging pace.

The previous clip can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse.” View the latest video selections on Women’s Lacrosse.

New Lacrosse Instruction from a 2013 NCAA Champion!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, October 16, 2013

See how champions are built in this video from Jenny Levy, Head Coach of the 2013 NCAA Division I Champion University of North Carolina. You will see Coach Levy, one of the sport’s all-time greats, guides players through skill-building drills that can be used at every level, intermixed with whiteboard segments and technique presentations by Tar Heel assistants.

Championship Practice Drills for Women’s Lacrosse

Championship Practice Drills for Women's Lacrosse

  • Learn how to isolate essential skills using 14 individual and small-side practice drills 

  • Learn high pressure, small group/small area drills for developing fundamental offensive and defensive concepts 

  • Discover a complete loop of high-speed partner passing variations to improve passing techniques 

  • Learn how to use the “2v2 game” to defend and score goals from behind the cage



 More best-selling instruction featuring the North Carolina coaching staff:

6-Minute Competitive Drills for LacrosseProgressive Skill Development Warm-Up for Goalies


World Cup Caliber Soccer Instructions!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Pick up dynamic soccer drills from former U.S. Women’s National Team member, Kendall Fletcher! Use these drills in your free time on your own or with a partner during practice. Improve your dribbling and receiving skills all while conditioning with these exceptional Soccer DVDs!

Dynamic Soccer Moves & Drills for Practicing on Your Own

Dynamic Soccer Moves & Drills for Practicing on Your Own

  • Improve your individual ball skills year round: off-season, pre-season or in-season
  • Change directions and speeds while maintaining control of the ball
  • Improve your ball skills even if you don’t have anyone to train with




Dynamic Soccer Moves & Drills for Practicing with a Partner!

Dynamic Soccer Moves & Drills for Practicing with a Partner!

  • Use a partner to help get the most out of your training time
  • Vary the tempo and difficulty of the training to suit your strengths and needs
  • Apply real pressure when defending for the most realistic training experience



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