Quick ball movement

Exercise description:

Area: Four 10x10 squares with three players in each. Three oranges are placed in the central area. 15 players are shown (It can be done with 20 players, five teams of four, 4v2 in boxes)

1. The coach serves in a ball to the blue team. One orange defender runs in the 10x10 area to win the ball.

2. The blue team must make four or more passes before they switch the ball to another box. If they do, another orange defender will enter the box while the defending orange player will move back into the middle.

3. If the orange defender wins the ball, they pass it to an orange player (or other group).  If they do pass to a teammate, that player will pass to another group. The blue team then become the defenders.

4. Defenders in the middle can block the  passes.

Coaching points:

Can the players look at the other boxes and have field awareness while keeping possession? Scan the field.

Play different types of passes.

Intended outcome:

  • To work on speed of play in tight areas.

  • Improve the quality of the first touch, whether it's a pass or ball control.

  • Have fun

  • Compete and work together

  • Improve field awareness in small spaces

  • Gain confidence.

  • Defenders learn how to work together.

  • Patience in possession


No limit on passes made.

Technical / Tactical:

  • 1-2 touch mentality

  • Anticipate - See the future

  • Communication

  • Quality passing

  • First touch

  • Body shape - receive the ball on the back foot


  • 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 move

  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space

  • Be ready on the balls of your feet

  • Compete


  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the combinations of the exercise. 

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

  • Anticipate

Possible Performance Problems:

The pass to the next group is a poor one.

The reaction of the defender when entering the 10x10 is too slow.

The cover for the defender.