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Exploiting overloads – small-sided game

WHY USE IT

This three-part practice develops players’ understanding of when and how to exploit a numerical advantage (overload) against the opposition.

SET UP

Set up a playing area relevant to the age and ability of your players. Divide it into quarters. Teams play 9v9. Attacking team: GK-1-5-2; defending team: GK-3-4-1.

HOW TO PLAY

Normal game rules apply. If a goal is scored, play always restarts with opposite goalkeeper. Goals are worth three points if two or more players combine inside an attacking quadrant (e.g. overlap, underlap, one-two, give and go, third-man run).
Challenges
0-7 mins: Defence is tasked with defending in a low-block after possession is lost
7-14 mins: Defence is tasked with counter-pressing after possession is lost
0-14 mins: Coach attacking team to find solutions; highlight cues/triggers to overload, encourage runs in front of, inside and around the ball carrier.

COACHING POINTS

Attackers: Find spare player, complimentary movement, rotate and interchange positions, commit opposition, ball speed.
Defenders: Press quickly, protect middle, leave further player(s), recognise opposition movement.

1. To start, the defence is tasked with sitting in a low-block

2. Progress so the defence is now tasked with counter-pressing after losing possession

3. Goals are worth three if two or more players combine in an attacking quadrant

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