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Something about this sounds wrong to me. The speaker intends the statement to mean that the team is moving around a lot and it is causing them to succeed.

"The team is moving around really effectively." Correct use of effectively?

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I see no problem with 'effectively' here.

Effective means that what you are doing is achieving its intended goals.

When a team moves around, they do so to maintain possession, cover ground and ultimately gain points.

If they are doing this successfully, then their movement is effective.

Hope that helps.

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well, effectively is an adverb, which verb / adj is it affecting –  Shawn May 29 '11 at 2:31
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I think the speaker meant:

The team is moving around really efficiently.

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Efficient does not have the same meaning here. Efficiently would suggest doing something with minimum effort/energy expended. Effectively suggests that what they are doing is enjoying positive results. –  Karl May 28 '11 at 6:18
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Maybe something like

The constant moving makes the team really effective.

They may still not be efficient, though :)

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