Attacking overloads

Description: Purpose of session is to make players aware of what an overload is, basics on how to create an overload and where it could help on a match day.



Players in groups of 4-6 have 1 ball and are split into two groups facing each other 5-8 yards apart.

Two touch passing, first touch to control out of feet and second touch a firm pass into feet of opposite player. After pass the player joins opposite group and waits to repeat.

– Different surfaces to control
– Change of direction control

Coaching Points:
– First touch. Not stopped dead but out in trying to make pass quicker
– Accuracy of passing
– Why is quick passing necessary?
– Control away from danger




Set-up a pitch with goals on each end-line. Divide the pitch into thirds.

Split group into two teams, including goalkeepers. Teams each have two players starting in their defensive third, two in the midfield third and one in the opponent’s third.

Play handball. Players have to throw and catch the ball and the player with the ball cannot run. Players can score with a header.

When a team has the ball their players can move anywhere on the field. But when out of possession they must return to their starting positions.


Let players finish with a volley.

Keep it fun, encouraging everybody to get forward and try to score.


Thirds SSG


Set-up a pitch with goals at each end, and divide into thirds.

Teams have a GK plus 2 players in their defensive third, two in the midfield third and one in the attacking third.

Players can go anywhere when their team has the ball and must stay in their own zones when out of possession.

Play to score. Goals are worth double if there is an overlap or underlap run in the attacking third during the build-up.


Defending 1v1 and 2v2

Purpose of session: To develop 1v1 defending and to introduce the role of the second defender in a 2v2.
Credit: Dan Wright orignal post


Players split into two teams in a 20x25m area. Players start jogging in different directions, perform different dynanic movements. Introduce players to different muscle groups. Calves, quads, hamstrings, hips, upper body.

Progress by adding a ball per team, players still moving around the whole area occuping space but supporting. Max 2/3 touches.

Progress further to add a further 1/2 balls.

Session focus – 1v1

Recap on 1v1 defending… Pressure on the ball… Dont dive in… Body shape… Be patient…

Defending 1v1

2v2 (Progression)

Introduce goalkeeper, second defender and attacker. What is the role of second defender?

Who presses?

Defending 2v2

Playing out from the back

Playing out from the back

Free play