Movement in the box

Exercise description:

Area – 40x20 with twelve players. In a 30x20 area, a 4v4+1 neutral is played. There are two players, A&B positioned ready to cross the ball. A GK is in goal.
1.4v4+1 is played in the 30x20 area. The team that has the ball must combine three or more passes before they can pass to a wide red player. If oranges win the ball, they can possess it.

2. Shown – Blues keep the ball and then pass to red player A. Blues then attack the next zone and support player A. Oranges react to defend the goal. Red player A crosses for a blue player.
3. The neutral player stays in the possession zone. If oranges win the ball, can they combine passes using the neutral red player? Oranges look to combine three or more passes before they can attack. If the blues score, they get the ball back in the possession zone.

4. If you want to keep the defenders (oranges) defending, when they win the ball, they dribble outside the playing area. Play then restarts with the coach passing to blues.

Coaching points:

Body shape, field awareness, 1-2 touch mentality, quality passing, movement into the penalty box.

Intended outcome:

  • To recreate chaos around the opposition penalty box.

  • To improve the speed of play, decision making, first touch, movement into the 18.

  • Creating scoring opportunities in a chaotic environment.

  • Work our goalkeeper's reactions and communication.

  • Preparing the players for the next exercise.


Move your servers to a wider position where they can cross the ball.

If a ball is played out wide, an attacking player can go on an overlap and cross the ball.

Technical / Tactical:

  • Body shape

  • Quality of the pass - Accuracy, weight, and timing.

  • First touch

  • Scanning 

  • Find the gap

  • Runs into the 18


  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!


  • Be willing to compete

  • Work hard

  • React quickly

  • Be willing to move when needed

  • Movement on defense


  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the instructions of the exercise. 

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Be confident in scanning the area

Possible Performance Problems:

Players do not spread out keeping possession

Players have the wrong body shape to play the pass to the target player.

Movement into the 18 is slow and runs are similar. Players should attack different areas of the 18.