a soccer ball was kicked 5m in the forward direction on the first play of the game, The opposing team then kicked it back 6m. What was the total change in distance?
If you are asking about the total distance moved by the ball, since the ball first moved 5m in forward and then 6m in backward in direction, total distance is 5+6 = 11m.
total distance covered = 11m
Total change in position = 1m
total distance would be 11m
and total displacement would be 1 m