Football/Soccer Session (U16): Passing Pattern ‘Y’ to Improve Aerobic Power

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Lee Caldwell, Adult Member

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Lee Caldwell
Name: Lee Caldwell
City: Manchester
Country: United Kingdom
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Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer

Description

This exercise is an unopposed, continuous passing pattern aimed at developing aerobic power. Passing tempo and position interchanges forces players to be constantly on the move below their anaerobic threshold. Therefore, the practice is focused on developing the capacity to recover and sustain prolonged match conditions.

Timing

The exercise should be continued 4-8 min. and repeated 4-6 times with 2 min. active break in between.

Variations

Diagonal pass after a one-two

One-two with a middle player before dribbling back

Increase the distance to dribble


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pattern 1

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Pattern 1 (15 mins)

Set Up

Area: Use 8 cones, creating a box 10 by 10 yards at the bottom of the area. Then place 2 more cones 20 yards from the box. Add to adjacent cones 5 yards from the top cones which creates the 'Y' shape.

How to play

1. The practice starts with a player on the bottom cone who makes a vertical pass forwards.

2. The receiver on the second bottom cone plays one touch back, on the angle.

3. Then, player who made a first pass plays the ball on a longer distance to the player further away.

4. The receiver then dribbles back to the start of the queue and starts the exercise again.

Coaching Points

The dribbling pace is crucial for the exercise flow and achieving physical objectives. At the same time, next player starts the pattern.


Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Pattern 2

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Pattern 2 (15 mins)

Pattern 2

Another passing combination may involve:

1. Passing diagonally to the furthest player after a one-two with a player on the second cone.

2. That will challenge player’s coordination and perception to time the pass effectively.

3. The receiver on the furthest cone plays a one-two with the middle player.

4. Then dribbles to the back of the queue. Again, the dribbling speed is important.


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