I have been playing non-competitive five-a-side football with school and work colleagues for a few years, and have drifted in and out of it as people move away, the weather puts people off, people get injured, and so on.
There's nothing at stake for me in not being very good - we don't play competitively and it's purely as a hobby - but it would be more fun for me and for others to be better at it to improve the challenge. I often find that I can read the game fairly well and can see exactly where I need to be, where my feet need to go, and so on - I just can't move fast enough to make it happen. It's inevitable that muscle memory will be somewhat lacking and part of the problem is just lack of practice, but I'd still like to do what I can to be a better player.
What exercises can I do to improve my footwork and speed over short distances?