In the course of a 90 minute game,
each player on average has possession of the ball for a total for about 2
minutes per game. The rest of the time, all players are running and
moving without the ball.
So simple math says movement
without the ball is more than 95% of the game! So the first thing is to
just make sure you keep moving!
But movement alone is not much use.
It must be smart movement, focused on a purpose.
On the attack, movement off the
ball has two purposes:
Runs into space
Runs to create space.
The point of running to find or
create space is to exploit or develop holes and seams in the defense. It is
simple common sense that passing to a player in motion running away from the
defense will work a lot better than passing to a player when he is standing
still and being marked.
Learning to run effectively off the
ball is a little more complicated that it seems. There are least six
different ways players can run off the ball into space, and you need to
understand all of them because every one requires timing and communications
between the runner and the passer.
Diagonal and blind side runs
Third man runs
Letís look at each of them.