We introduce what it means to move with the ball, why it matters and how to help your team develop this skill.
Moving with the ball. Simply put, this phrase means staying on the ball while maneuvering it around the pitch. Players can use different techniques to achieve this, like dribbling, hiding and revealing.
Moving with the ball is an important skill to develop. It allows players to:
- run into space
- manipulate the ball to stay ‘on it’
- change direction and skip past an opponent
- help their team keep possession.
This was demonstrated in Euro 2020, where lots of English players, such as Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho, made the most of this skill.