Overloads in Attack

The top attacking teams in the world have one common skill which is present in their attacking play. The Bayerns and Real Madrids of this world are able to create overloads in attack to have an advantage in the final third. This session works on a team’s ability to play forward quickly and efficiently to create 2 v 1s and 3 v 2s in attacking areas.


Overloads in Attack

1.

Setup:

2 v 1 to mini goals. Players split into 2 groups (8-10 attackers and 6 defenders). 3 min sets x 4 sets.

Instructions:

One attacking player starts on a mannequin (B) (ready to check) with a defender behind them. Two attacking players start playing passes (A) between them, playing to the attacker when they check back to the ball. Defender can only defend on the attackers first touch. The game is live with one attacker joining their team-mate, creating a 2 v 1 to goal.  The defender can press the attacker as the pass is played.

Coaching Points:

  • Timing of movements from attacking players when checking to the ball
  • Understanding and ability of how to create the 2 v 1; drive at the defender to draw them out of position, then the second attacker must exploit the space behind them
  • Repetitions are key; let the players experiment and fail and start to learn the nuances of creating and exploiting 2 v 1s

2.

Setup:

2 v 1- 3 v 2 to goal. Players split into 2 groups of attackers and defenders, which consists of 4-5 attackers starting around the halfway line (A), with 2-3 defenders (B) on each side starting on the side. On top of this, there are 2 set attackers (9 and 10) Vs 2 defenders in the final third (C). Final third represented by line of cones five yards deeper than the mannequins. Complete set, then switch roles. 4 min sets x 4 sets.

Instructions:

One side attacks at a time, with 2 players starting playing square passes and the other starting on one of the mannequins. On their team-mates movement, they attempt to play to the attacker to create a 2 v 1. Players create a 2 v 1 in the middle third (halfway to line of cones), attempting to break into the final third and then create a 3 v 2 to goal. The #10 starts off the 2 defenders. If red win the ball at any time, they transition to the mini goals. Next side attacks.

Coaching Points:

  • 1 v 1 from behind- ability to outplay the opponent when defender is behind
  • Ability to create and exploit overloads- understanding of the ability to drive at a defender to ‘fix’ him and then exploit the spaces behind them with good movements off the ball
  • Timing of movements from both attacking players to combine and interchange
  • Final third quality- quality and weight of pass, decision to pass, dribble or shoot and final third finishing are all crucial in being able to finish opportunities

3.

Setup:

4 v 4- 3 v 2 game- field set up starting at each 18 yard box. Fields split into thirds, with a 2 v 2 in each final third and a 3 v 3 + 1 in the middle third (adjust based on your numbers). 6 mins set x 3 sets, 3 min rest between.

Instructions:

Balls start from a coach who plays into the middle zone. The team must play at least 3 passes before dribbling or passing into the attacking third to create a 3 v 2 to goal. If the team scores, they get a new ball from the middle third; if not, the coach plays a ball to the opposition to attack. If ball turns over at any point in the middle third, the new attacking team can go straight to the final third.

Coaching Points:

  • 1 v 1 from behind- ability to outplay the opponent when defender is behind
  • Ability to create and exploit overloads- understanding of the ability to drive at a defender to ‘fix’ him and then exploit the spaces behind them with good movements off the ball
  • Timing of movements from both attacking players to combine and interchange
  • Final third quality – quality and weight of pass, decision to pass, dribble or shoot and final third finishing are all crucial in being able to finish opportunities

4.

Setup:

8 v 8 small sided game- players split into the thirds with a 2 v 1 + GK in each defensive/final third and a 4 v 4 in the middle third. Field split into thirds, both final thirds are 18 x 44 yards, with the middle third being 40 x 44 yards. 8 mins games x 2

Instructions:

Play starts with one of the goalkeepers playing to their center backs. The center backs possess and attempt to pass into the middle third and can go forward one zone to create a 5 v 4. When in the middle third, one player attempts to dribble/pass into the final third and can follow their pass to create a 2 v 2 to goal. If a team wins possession at any point, the game continues with that team attempting to play through the thirds.

Progression: Open movement between the thirds, the creation and exploitation of 2 v 1’s is encouraged.

Coaching Points:

  • 1 v 1 from behind- ability to outplay the opponent when defender is behind
  • Ability to create and exploit overloads- understanding of the ability to drive at a defender to ‘fix’ him and then exploit the spaces behind them with good movements off the ball
  • Timing of movements from both attacking players to combine and interchange
  • Final third quality- quality and weight of pass, decision to pass, dribble or shoot and final third finishing are all crucial in being able to finish opportunities