Guest Session by Craig Harrington – LA Galaxy Academy – Switching the Play

Craig Harrington – LA Galaxy Academy

Craig is the Youth Director at LA Galaxy where he overseas all Academy teams at the LA Galaxy. He is also head coach of the U16 Academy Team.

He holds the USSF ‘A’ License


Passing Patterns

Passing Patterns:

Passing patterns are meant for repetition for tactical elements. To create a style of play without pressure. The repetition of pattern exercises create a rhythm and flow of the way a team wants to execute in a game.  A teams patterns should be designed around what formation that they play.

Here are some passing patterns that can be used for certain elements in the game.

Y Exercise – Playing wide from central areas.

Triangles – Playing across the back, into midfield and wide

Triangles  – Playing across back, lay off and play wide.

Switching play – playing across the back, into MDF and switch to other side.

Switching play – Diamond: Switching point of attack to play forward.