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Soccer drill procedure

Overlapping is often referred to as "circling" and is a simple group tactic game form that is also used by professional soccer players time and again. Pay attention to this when observing the game. Overlapping is simple, yet incredibly effective. One needs to have patience; a single drill may not be sufficient for the players to immediately implement the trick of tracking in the game. Do not be doubtful - practice makes one perfect. This drill shows that group-tactical drill forms need not be boring.


The red and blue players run or dribble towards the defender. Depending on the reaction of the defender, it is passed to the player running immediately behind or the player moves inward through the cone goal. As shown in the animation, it will then be attempted to score a goal. First, the defender should behave semi-passive; the defence becomes increasingly active later.


- Sequence on the other side of the field
- Possible even without a goal shot

Soccer coach tips

- Correct errors individually
- Pass or dribble, watch the defender and make the right decision

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, performance Training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 5 + goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 9 + goalkeeper
Materials required: One ball per pair, three cone markers, one goal
Field size: Not a long passing lane

Overlapping is simple, yet incredibly effective