Passing with Overlapping in a Diamond

  • Organisation

    A cross or diamond is formed using 4 cones. One players starts at cones I + II, three players start at cone III and two players start at cone II.

    There is a ball at cones II + III. (4a) Various 1 Dribbling (4b) Various 2 Passing

  • Process

    Player B plays a one-two with player A, controls the ball and the dribbles towards C. Player A overlaps and gives the option of the pass.

    Player B now has the option of taking on player C or to pass to player A into space for A to run onto.

    C then moves to give the option of another one-two with D and now they try to taek on player F. After the lay off to palyer D, C overlaps D.

    The drill is first played to cone I, then cone II and then cones IV and/or III.

  • Tip

    - 4 cones.

    - This passing drill is very intensive and tiring and requires a large amount of game intelligence.

    - Switching the play to the other side, missing out the midfield

    - A good touch and passing technique is essential.

    - The standing leg is sometimes too far away from the ball and some players lean back too much.

    - Demand good strength of pass and pass precision.

    - Pass precision is more important than pass speed.

    - Concentration must be held at all times.

    - Anticipation, awareness, reaction, speed of thought and movement with and without the ball are continuously required.

    - The aims of this drill are switching from offense to defense, crossing the middle zone quickly and the setting up of new passing situations.

  • Field size

    20 x 20m

  • Cone margins

    Distance from the middle of the diamond: 10m


Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control, Passing, Dribbling, Running technique with/without ball, Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping

Shot technique/shooting [Laces, Outside of the foot, Inside of the foot]


Defensive/Offensive play

Games plays [Overlapping]


Explosiveness, Speed of movement off the ball, Speed endurance, Fitness program, Variable intervals, Speed of movement with ball

Strength [Power & Speed, Strength endurance]


Quick anticipation, Quick decisioning, Quick processing, Quickness of reaction, Quick understanding of danger

Training Set:

Progression, Main point/Emphasis


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09, Under 8, U 07 (6-7 years)]


30 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [5 players, 4 players, 2 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players, 7 players, 8 players]

> 10 players [10 players]

Form of Training:

Team training, Training in pairs, Individual training, Group training

Participating Players:

Whole team


Alone training, Stress training, Training for fun, Groups, Offensive behaviors

Skill Level:

Professional, Beginner, Advanced

Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

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

Author: System e2c

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