Passing with Overlapping in a Diamond Variation I

  • Organisation

    Set up a diamond/corss as shown. Two or more players start at cones I and IV, one player starts at cones II and III.

  • Process

    Player A passes to B and overlaps him. Player B passes with his first touch to C. C passes the ball for A to run onto who passes to D and then takes his place behind him. D now starts the same sequence with C and B in the other direction. Players B and C should regularly change places with the other players.

  • Tip

    - 4 cones.

    - Start by running the drill slowly and then speed up. The receiver should always make a small, dynamic dummy run away from or to the side of the ball before receiving the ball. The drill can be extremely tiring when conducted quickly with only six players.

    - Under time pressure, this drill is very game realistic.

    - The reciever should call for the ball.

    - Pass and run timing is importan.

    - Players often run faster than their pass.

    - Don't forget the runs.

    - Demand good pass precision.

  • Field size

    20 x 20m

  • Cone margins

    10m from the center to the edge of the diamond.


Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Trapping, Ball control, Dribbling

Passing [One touch passes, Passing in a square, Passing in a rhombus, Short passing]


Games plays [Overlapping]


Speed endurance

Strength [Power & Speed]

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis, Progression


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09]


20 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

Form of Training:

Individual training, Group training, Team training

Participating Players:

Whole team


Offensive behaviors, Alone training, Groups

Skill Level:

Advanced, Professional

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

Grass field, Indoor, Forest/meadow, Asphalt, Turf field

Author: System e2c

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