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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 another group).  If they do pass to a teammate, that player will pass to another group. The blue team then becomes 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.

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.

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

Work at game speed

Quality of the pass and first touch

Pass with purpose

Body shape

Receive with the back-foot

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