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Movement in Tight Areas

This practice encourages players to concentrate in control and improve awareness of other colleagues and opponents nearby....Read more

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, England

Running with the Ball at Pace

Running with the ball, at pace, is an important skill particularly in terms of setting up attacks at opponents goal. That ability to run at speed only comes with practice. Any player may be a quick mover - but moving at speed with the ball is a different matter....Read more

Tottenahm Hotspur's Kyle Walker (left) and Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj (right)

Speed Running

As the players progress, now consideration should be given to increasing the speed of each player with the ball....Read more

Adam Lallana

Control & Running with the Ball

Running with the ball, at pace, is an important skill particularly in terms of setting up attacks at opponents goal....Read more

Running with the ball in tighter situations

Running in Tighter Situations

To try and improve control whilst moving with the ball, 12 players in the 20 metre square (each with a ball), moving around the area, varying speed and direction - making sure they do not run into other players or other balls....Read more

Exchanging on the Run

Exchanging on the Run

Here is a practice that every player in the squad can join in. Many professional clubs use this practice as a warm-up exercise....Read more

Players should learn first to run with the ball keeping it under tight control.

Running with the Ball Under Tight Control

Players should learn first to run with the ball keeping it under tight control - this can be done in various ways....Read more

Movement and Close Control 1

Movement and Close Control

The key point is to keep control of the ball while moving, especially at pace. Here are three practices to develop the various techniques....Read more