2 v 1 Overlap to Goal

The following comes from Don Herlan (Smedley). Much more like this can be found from Smedley on his site at www.smedleyssoccersite.com.

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Set Up: There are 9-12 players set up in the attacking third, starting at the cones.

Procedure: The Feeder begins play with a pass out to Player A (or B), and the defender releases with the Feeder’s first touch. Player A plays a square ball to Player B, and runs an overlap around him. From there, play continues 2 v 1 to goal. If the defender wins the ball, he can score in the two small goals set up just outside of the penalty area. Upon completion, The Feeder re-starts play with the next set of players.

2v1 overlap to goal

Teaching Topics:

  1. The Overlap.
  2. Attacking 1 v 1.
  3. Positive first touch.


  1. Add the takeover/heel pass combinations.
  2. Progress to 2 v 2.

Coaching Points:

  1. Cut in sharply on the heels of your teammate. Don’t run out too wide.
  2. Aggressively attack the defender with the dribble and commit him before passing off.
  3. Make positive first touches towards goal and improve your shooting angle.

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