Training Overlaps For Attacking

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter.  Today’s featured activity works on overlapping runs, decision making, defending and getting to goal.

Start with a keeper in goal, a line of players near the center of the field with balls, a line of attacking players on one sideline and a defender in the middle of the field (with other defenders off to the side ready to take the defenders place.

The activity starts with a pass from the center player to the player out wide.

The receiving player dribbles toward the middle (and toward the defender). and the defender shifts over to defend

The passer overlaps the player with the ball.

The player with the ball has the option of playing the overlapper who goes to goal.
Or the player may use the runner as a decoy and keep the ball and go to goal himself.

As soon as the attack is over (shot, loss of possession etc) the next players go.

After doing this a few times the next step is to add a second defender and a player on the far side.

The player with the ball can now pass in either direction and then overlaps that player.  The defenders are now dealing with a 3 v 2 situation so they can take the player with the ball and the runner (and leave the player on the far side alone) or overplay the player with the ball and try to neutralize the runner and play 2 v 2 with or any number of options.

There are many options in this activity but the key is to have the player in the middle make a run every time and have them used either used as a decoy or a receiver.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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