Build up into strikers


Full pitch


Balls, cones, goals

No. of players

16 plus 2 keepers

Session time


This session deals with creating overloads whilst playing out from the back, through midfield and into attack, creating 1v1, 2v1, 2v2 and 3v2 situations.

What do I get the players to do?

The premise is to find the extra man, and to build play forward and break the lines, and is a set-up that occurs in every game. Practice of the movement and overload elements will cement good habits and increase confidence, and this was a session we’d run frequently at Manchester United.

What are the key things to look out for?

Tactically, we are looking for the way players pick up their positions. Technically, we are looking for the right quality of pass, with measured weight and direction. A common fault would be players giving the ball away by making the wrong decision, so we always encourage an early and simple pass. 


1. The coach or server starts the game by passing a ball into the keeper’s hands from the halfway line
2. The keeper throws or rolls the ball out to one of the defenders
3. One of the midfielders drops into the defensive zone to create a 3v2


1. The neutral midfielder works with the team in possession to guarantee an overload
2. When the team manages to pass the ball into midfield the active midfielder moves back into the middle zone to create a 4v3 to help others link the ball to the attacker
3. Should the ball make it into attackers, we have choices to make: condition this to be 1v1 (the other attacker and defender being passive), adjust to 2v2, or allow a midfielder to follow in for a 3v2


1. In the event of a turnover, attackers intercepting the ball should go directly for goal
2. Again, if defenders win the ball back they can directly pass or drive into midfield, stimulating a quick transition



  • Ball movementBall movement
  • Player movementPlayer movement
  • DribbleDribble
  • Optional movementOptional movement