Monthly Archives: December 2014

31Dec/14

Y-shape passing drill Basic

Y shape passing drill Basic

– We set the cones in the shape of an Y.
– At both far cones we have a player without the ball
– Two players without a ball at the middle cone
– All other players at the starting cone with a ball.
– The ball is passed to the center player, who turns with the ball and plays the ball to the player at the far cone
– Each player moves up one position. The next ball will go the left, etc.

 

 
Y shape passing drill Basic

Y-shape passing drill in 5 variations

In this soccer drill we use the Y-shape to practice passing and receiving the ball. For the coaches who don’t know the drill, the diagram below shows the basic form of this drill. We set the cones in the shape of an Y. We have a player without the ball at each of the far cones, two players without a ball at the middle cone and the rest of the players with ball at the starting cone. We pass the ball to the center player, who turns with the ball and plays the ball to the player at the far cone. Each player moves up one position. The next ball will go the left, etc:

Y shaped soccer passing drill Basic

For a video of this exercise, see (bad audio):

The first variation of the drill is that instead of turning the player at the middle cone plays a wall pass and the starting player now plays the ball to the player at the far cone:

Y shaped soccer passing drill Variation 1

The second variation is that the player at the far cone plays a 1-2 combination with the middle player at receiving the ball:

Y shaped soccer passing drill Variation 2

The third variation is to add a scoring opportunity to the drill. We add 2 goals with goalkeepers and we add two players without a ball in front of that goal to play a wall pass:

Y shaped soccer passing drill Variation 3

Finally, the fourth and final variation we cover in this article is to change the drill if you have a lot of players (more than 12). Then it is a good idea to add two extra cones, so we can work on both sides simultaneously:

Y shaped soccer passing drill Variation 4

Did you like this article? Then please share or rate this article below

 

 
26Dec/14

3 versus 1 possession game with 3 defenders

This soccer drill is very suitable to keep a defender aggressive in a 3v1 possession game.

stage

– We have a square of about 8×8 meters
– We have three attackers in the square, three defenders (each with a ball) outside the square
– It begins with a defender passing the ball to one of the attackers.
– The three attackers try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of that defender
– If the defender touches the ball, the defender has reached his goal and the next defender is up
– The previous defenders collects the ball and gets back to the starting position
– We play for 5 minutes, then the attackers become defenders and vice versa

 
26Dec/14

3 versus 1 possession game with middle square

This is an excellent drill to learn you players to move in a possession game

stage2

– Make a square of about 8×8 to 10×10 meters
– In that square put another square of cones of about 6×6 to 7×7 meters
– Three attackers, one defender
– The attackers try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of the defender, but the attackers are not allowed to play the ball in the middle square
– We play for 1 minute, how many times can the defender touch the ball in that time limit
– After the minute, one of the attackers will be the next defender

 
26Dec/14

3 versus 1 possession game basic

stage3

– This is the most basic versus of the 3 versus 1 possession game available.
– Make an area of about 8×8 to 10×10
– Three players try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of one defender
– When the defender touches the ball, the defender gets one point
– After 1 minute, switch the defender with one of the other three players
– How many points does the defender score within 1 minute?

For a good example, see:

 

Possession game 3 versus 1 in 3 variations

Most soccer coaches will know the possession game 3 versus 1. In this session 3 players try to keep possession of the ball under pressure of 1 defender.

stage3

Most of the times, the players on the outside are static, although on this video you see a good example how good support should be done:

But sometimes your team might have trouble to assist their teammates. Then it is a good idea to add a square in the middle where the players have to play around. This way, when the player who does not receive the ball has to run to the open space, to give the player who gets the ball always two possibilities:

stage2

Finally, to keep the defender aggressive, you can do the variation below. In this variation you have 3 defenders who take turns being the defender. This way you always have fresh defenders who really have a motivation to win the ball quickly (because then they it’s the turn for the next defender)

stage

Soccer drills covered in this article:

3 versus 1 possession game basic
3 versus 1 possession game with middle square
3 versus 1 possession game with 3 defenders