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Movement off the ball – Warm Up

WHY USE IT

This warm-up practice presents plenty of opportunities for players to learn to identify space and work on technical details around passing and receiving.

SET UP

Divide 15 players into 3 teams of 5 (or however works for your numbers). Each team needs their own ball.

HOW TO PLAY

Each team begins with their own ball, passing and moving around the area. The practice can then be progressed to give every player in one team a ball each, and they dribble around the area looking for space, while the other two teams continue to pass their respective footballs between themselves. After a period of time, change the dribbling team.

TECHNIQUE

This practice allows players to work on trying to receive the ball in space away from other players, taking a good first touch in the direction they want to go, making the pitch as big as possible, identifying areas of space to exploit, communication and decision- making skills.

1. Set up with three teams, each with a ball. Players pass and move within their teams

2. Progress by giving players in one team (reds) a ball each to dribble around the area. Whites and blues continue to pass within their teams

3. Rotate the dribbling team after a period of time

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