Spot the space

Objective: Spot the Space helps young players get into the habit of moving after they pass the ball. It’s also a good warm-up before a coaching session or a match.

Set up: Create a square playing area about 30 yards across. Split it into four with flat cones so you end up with four squares.

Divide your players into three teams of three wearing different coloured training vests.

If you have spare players set up another game of Spot the Space or adjust the size of the playing area and/or the number of ‘spaces’. If you have 12 players, for example, use four teams of three and divide the playing area into five spaces instead of four.

Each team has one ball.

How to play:
Each player occupies a square but only one player from each team is allowed in any one square – you can’t have two players in the same team in the same square at any point in the game.

On your command, the players with a ball pass to a team mate and run to the square that doesn’t have one of their team mates in it.

Coaching points:

Make the game competitive by challenging teams to perform the exercise at pace and without making a mistake for two minutes.

Look for players calling for the ball, passing accurately and moving quickly. No walking!


Restrict the number of touches to two or, for advanced players, one touch.

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