Creating Overloads like Manchester City - Part 1

This session is focusing on the ability of the team to find the spaces between the lines and create overloads to increase penetration in the wide zones of the field. 

Manchester City vs Everton - Notice how De Bruyne is standing in space between the defenders and Sané has stayed in the wide zone.  Also, notice the difference on the near side.  Sterling has come inside which leaves space for Laporte.

Manchester City vs Everton - Notice how De Bruyne is standing in space between the defenders and Sané has stayed in the wide zone.  Also, notice the difference on the near side.  Sterling has come inside which leaves space for Laporte.

Creating Overloads - Wide Functional Group

Setup: Create two 30 x 40 yard grids on each side of one half of the field.  In these zones you will have 3 attacking players against 2 defending players.  Goal of the activity is for each team to dribble across the endline of the area.

Organization: The three attacking players (Blue) work together to combine and create space so that a player can dribble across the line or receive a pass right on the line.  The defending players (Red) work to deny space for the Blue team and win the ball then dribble across the other end of the grid.  

Variations: For this exercise you can add in another layer with 1 more defender (#4 or #5) and then adding 1 more attacker (#6) as well.  Also, you can create a finishing situation for a #9 when the Blue attackers get across the end line of the grid they play a cross into a #9 to finish. 

Coaching Points: When playing encourage the players to create space by moving to the open areas in the grid.  Body shape should be open to the field as often as possible.  Work on the timing of runs into space based on if the player in possession is facing forward and able to play forward.  The #8 and #10 should work between the defenders as much as possible to create an option and force the defenders to decide either to pressure the ball or drop back on them. 

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