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Overloads occur frequently in football. It can often be the difference between winning and losing a game.
Learning how to make the best decisions in practising overloads is part of why they are a prominent part of the Coerver curriculum.
Lets begin with a 2v1.
Having worked on 1v1’s, players are familiar with having to take on a player. However when faced with the possibility of a 2v1, it’s important players practise situations that arise regularly in matches.
They must decide whether they dribble past an opponent or pass to their teammate. There are multiple things that are learned in this situation: movement off the ball, how far away from the defender should they pass the ball, should they do a skill move.
Like the 2v1, but it is merely a progression. It adds more chaos and confusion to the mix.
Yet it is the way of advancing the players learning by looking at another type of match situation by seeing if a group can take a 3v2, and make it into a 3v1, or a 2v1.
Similarly working on overloads where it’s already a 2v1 or a 3v2, the challenge progresses to, are the players capable of creating an overload.
Being able to create an overload is very important when it comes to attacking. So while we work our way through movements and individual techniques it’s important to be able to tie it together at the end. The players must be able to recognise how to create a situation, once again working on their decision making.
This can be worked on through the use of small sided games.