Penetrating the opposition is key to creating goalscoring chances. Combination play is a vital part of your coaching strategy and by using this session you can get players to understand how and why linking up in the final third will help your team score more goals. MORE
Overlap pass or disguise and go
Put fear into the opposition by using overlapping runs when your team attacks. This type of run gives your players the option of using the runner to take the ball or as a disguise.
What this session is about
- Overlapping runs.
- Using disguise to dribble.
- Quick combination play to score goals.
What to think about
Using an overlapping run often leads to a winning situation. This is due to the defender not knowing whether to stay with the player in possession or moving to track the overlapping runner.
Tell your players that, when in possession, they have two choices:
- To pass to the overlapping player.
- To use the overlapping player as a decoy by making a pretend pass and then dribbling the ball inside.
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What you get your players to do
Line up players at two corners of the playing area, add a player and pole/mannequin in the centre, and two goals and goalkeepers, as in the top picture.
Exercise 1 – Player A passes to player B and runs an overlap past B and up the wing. Player B dribbles towards the mannequin and then passes into space for player A to shoot at goal.
Exercise 2 – This time player B uses player A as a decoy and by using a disguise, player B dribbles inside the pole/mannequin to shoot at goal, as in the top picture.
Exercise 3 – Now player B is given the choice of whether to pass or to dribble alone.
After each attack, player B leaves the pitch and player A stays on the pitch to receive a pass from player C so the attack works in the opposite direction.
Mark out a pitch with two goals and use two teams, each with five players plus goalkeepers, as in the middle picture.
The teams compete to score the most goals in a 3v2 situation.
In one half of the pitch, the three attackers try to score against two defenders. The middle attacker begins the attack by passing to one of the wider attackers and then running an overlap. The wide player can pass to the overlapping player, dribble towards goal or pass to the third attacker.
Immediately after this attack, the three attackers in the other half of the pitch complete the same exercise against two defenders.
Keep alternating for a five-minute period then swap teams. Swap again after another five minutes so everyone will have attempted an overlap attack.
Play a five-a-side game, plus goalkeepers, as set out in the bottom picture.
Double points are awarded when a goal is scored after the use of an overlapping run. This can be either through passing the ball to the overlapping player or using him as a decoy.
TIP – If the teams struggle to create overlapping chances in a 5v5 situation, you could play a 4v4 game with two neutral players used to create a 6v4 overload to the team in possession of the ball.