Player Reflection Tool

Supporting the pass


Complete the form

First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can

Choose a topic area

View your results and choose an area to study

Identify two aims

Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on

Practice to improve

Let your coach know what you are working on

This webpage has been especially designed to help you improve your support play in football games. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own. 

We will be looking at different types of support movements, and studying the play of Barcelona. We will also watch Maicon and learn about movements in wide areas and Rose Lavelle and learn about movements in central areas.

We'll be talking about 1-2s and overlaps later, so let's first refresh on exactly what we mean:

There is no short-cut for improving your weaker foot. It will take hours and hours of practice, it may feel awkward, and you will make mistakes. But the time you spend is worth it, and you will improve quickly if you put the effort in.


The first video (right) shows a 1-2 move.

How many players are involved in a 1-2? How many passes?

What movement does the first player make after they have played the first pass?


The second video (right) shows an overlapping move involving Brazilian wide defender, Maicon.

Two or more people are involved in an overlap. The key movement is for one player (called the overlapping player) to make a run around the outside of another player. This usually happens in wide areas of the pitch.

Now let's look at examples of these moves from professional teams, and see what we can learn from them.


Watch the video below of some superb futsal team play, and choose your favourite 1-2 move.

  • Is the first pass of a 1-2 to feet or to space? What about the second pass? Why is the second-pass usually one-touch?


This video of Roberto Carlos (below) shows how a wide defender can start and join the attack.

  • Can you spot any overlapping runs? 
  • What other movements does Carlos make to support his passes?


US World Cup Winner, Rose Lavelle plays in the number 10 position, which means she is an attacking midfield player. This video starts off by exploring the key skills of the number 10 position, and then shows clips of Lavelle playing against England in the World Cup.

Watch Lavelle's movements off the ball, and see how she sometimes doesn't need to move much in order to get into great positions to support team-mates.

  • What skills does she have in order to understand where and when to move?
  • What can you take from her game and try to copy into your own game?

Player Reflection Tool - Home

Dear Learner,

Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.

You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.

For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.

If any of the links on this page are broken, or you have other ideas or suggestions, please get in touch at:


Mark Carter

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Once you have completed all the homework, click on the 'Print the form' link. This will open a form which you need to print out and complete. Take this completed form to your coach.

Then click here to move onto the last part of the Tool.

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