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.

Training Set

End, Main point, Progression


45 min


U13, U12, U11, U10, U09, U14 - U19


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


Positional passing, Positional play


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


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

General Training Goals


Game Systems, Training examples

Training Organization

Number of Players

3 players, 4 players, 5 players, 6 players, 13 or more playersr

Form of Training

Group training, Individual training, Team training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced, Beginner, Any

Participating Players

Whole team


1 goalie


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

Spatial Behavior

Free space, Half-field, Limited playing field

Training Location

Asphalt, Grass field, Indoor, Turf field

Author: Matthew Ludwick

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