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The Dutch Y-Drill

Exercise description:

Area: Set up as shown. The players line up in a letter Y formation. All players at the start have a ball. 6 players are shown

1. Passing sequence 1 – A to B, B opens up and receives the ball on the back foot, B passes into space for C. C dribbles through the gate and back to the start. (or C can take a touch and pass through the gate to another player.)

2. Passing sequence 2 – A to B, B plays a give and go with player D.

3. Passing sequence 3 – A to B. B lays the ball back to A, A to D, D plays a give and go with B. Player rotation – Player moves to next space. 

Coaching points:

Quality passing

Body shape

First touch

Intended outcome:

  • To improve the quality of ball control and passing.

  • To get the players moving and opening up their body shape to receive the ball on the back foot.

  • Improve communication. 

  • To get the players warmed up and ready for the next exercise. The next exercise will need these skills.

  • Players will visualize combination plays


Allo the players to incorporate their own passing combinations.

Possible Performance Problems:

Realistic ball movement. Especially on the give-and-go's.

Body shape and controlling the ball with the wrong foot.

Be ready to focus

Keep scanning the area and visualize playing in a game.

Accept mistakes - Find solutions

Coach your teammates


Applaud good play

Be ready to pass or receive the ball

Reactions (Realistic)

Be willing to move

Make the tackle

Quality passing

Body shape

First touch


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