Apply pressure, regain possession and then use the ball in this three-part session. By MICHAEL PHILP MORE
Operation overload – Warm Up
WHY USE IT
This warm-up helps players get to grips with the movement patterns used throughout the session, which can then be transferred into a game situation to create overloads and goal scoring opportunities.
Divide players into two groups, one starting at each end of the area. Two players should be placed in wide positions between the two groups, one on each wing.
HOW TO PLAY
One end player starts by passing to one of the wide players, who should make a sharp move to receive the ball in space. They then switch the play to the other wide player, while the original passer makes an overlapping run, to receive a diagonal pass in space. They then pass to the other end line, and the pattern resumes. After a few minutes, swap the direction of play and change the middle players.
Ensure players are making sharp movements off their cones to receive the ball in space, as if they were trying to lose their marker. Passes should be played at pace, with players receiving the ball with an open body to allow them to scan and play quickly.