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Movement off the ball - Player rotations


  • Be willing to move into another players area.

  • Work hard

  • React quickly

  • Be ready on the balls of your feet


Exercise description:

20 x 20 box with a 5 yard square in the center. Five players for this exercise with one soccer ball.

1. The players pass the soccer ball between themselves.

2. Once a pass is made the passer must change places with another player left, right or in the center.

3. Players attempt to play the exercise by using two touches.

4. You can now add a variation and the players can rotate positions even if they are not passing the soccer ball.
Coaching points:
Players receive the ball across their body on the back foot in order to see the entire playing area.
Pass the ball to players that are ready to receive the ball. Weight, accuracy and timing of the pass. Regardless of the movement, players should know where the ball is but not ball watch, scan the area. Communication when players rotate.

Intended outcome:

  • To improve the players movement off the ball. Either once they have passed the ball or when others are passing.

  • Improve technical ability through first touch, body shape, passing accuracy, weight and timing.

  • An understanding of movement into space and the timing of the rotation.


When the moment is right, players can move anytime they like.

Possible Performance Problems:

The movement is made at the wrong time. 

The rotation is done too late.

Be ready to focus - Make decisions

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 the pass and first touch

Scan the area

Body shape

First touch

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