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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 with the ball must combine three or more passes before passing 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, they dribble outside the playing area when they win the ball. 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.

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.

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


Be willing to move

Make the tackle

Quality of passing - find the gap

Runs in to the 18

First touch


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