Y - Drill - 1st Variation

  • Organisation

    Set up 4 small cones in the shape of a Y. The bottom of the Y and the base of the Y should be 5-10 yards apart. The peaks of the Y should be 12 yards from the base. A player should be stationed at each cone. The line should form behind the player at the bottom of the Y.

  • Process

    The player at the bottom of the Y starts with the ball. He passes the ball to the player at the base of the Y 5-10 yards in front of him. The player at the base of the Y returns the pass first-time, and takes a defensive posture. The player at the bottom of the Y then plays it first time to one of the players at the peaks of the Y who are both checking their run. The player at the bottom of the Y continues his run past the defender so that he can receive the pass first time from the player he played the ball to. He then plays the ball to the player on the opposite peak who is making a run towards goal for a finish.


Passing, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Running technique with/without ball, Trapping, Ball control

Shot technique/shooting [Inside of the laces passing]


Positional passing, Positional play


Speed of movement with ball, Speed of movement off the ball


Quick understanding of danger, Quick decisioning, Coordination & Speed Training

Training Set:

End, Progression, Main point/Emphasis


Game Systems, Training examples


Any, U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09]


45 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [3 players, 4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

> 10 players [13 or more playersr]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training, Team training

Participating Players:

Whole team


1 goalie


Groups, Part of a team, Cooperation within the team, Alone training

Skill Level:

Professional, Any, Beginner, Advanced

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field, Free space, Half-field

Training Location:

Grass field, Indoor, Asphalt, Turf field

Author: Matthew Ludwick

Similar exercises - Training set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis, End

Juggling - foot, knee, head, neck, heel, chest
Shot and rebound next to the Goal 2
Combination of slaloming through cones + forward roles and ensuing kick/throw

Similar exercises - Duration:

45 Mins

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Four zones distance game
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