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Overlapping

Overlapping is a particularly important tactic in the final third of the pitch where full backs can combine with wingers to get into dangerous crossing positions.

What this session is about

  1. Using overlaps in order to create goal scoring chances.
  2. Effective movement off the ball.

What to think about

When a forward or overlapping run is made it can create chaos in the opponents defence. Does a defender stay with the player in possession? Or does the player follow the attacker making a run?

Both decisions can be a bad one (from the defender’s perspective) as the attacker can either pass when marked tightly or dribble themselves when the defender follows the run.

Set-up

  •  40×30 yard area.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Two balls work around the circuit. The player must pass across and then make an overlapping run. The receiving player dribbles diagonally towards the centre cone and then reverses their pass to their overlapping team mate.

After a set time go in the opposite direction so all players have a chance of overlapping and receiving.

Start with a referesher on the overlap technique.

Start with a referesher on the overlap technique.


Development

Two attackers complete a 2v1 going in one direction and then turn to receive a 2nd ball for a 2v1 in the other direction.

Now add an extra forward and defender for a 3v2 situation. The forward is very important in this practice and must try to make a run that will pull one defender away as this will allow a 2v1 on the other defender.

Attacking players use the overlap to combine in a 2v1 situation.

Attacking players use the overlap to combine in a 2v1 situation.


Game situation

Play a small sided game and encourage overlapping forward runs where possible. Take the time to view the decision making of the receiving player. Do they make good decisions on whether to pass or dribble?

The striker should isolate one of the defenders with a clever run so that their team mates can use an overlap to beat the remaining defender.

The striker should isolate one of the defenders with a clever run so that their team mates can use an overlap to beat the remaining defender.


What to call out

  • “Movement after each pass”
  • “Play at match tempo”
  • “Be direct and shoot early”
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