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.

Training Set

Main point, Progression


20 min


U09 - U19


One touch passes, Passing in a rhombus, Passing in a square, Short passing, Ball control, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Dribbling, Trapping




Power & Speed, Speed endurance

Training Organization

Number of Players

5 players, 6 players

Form of Training

Group training, Individual training, Team training

Skill Level

Professional, Advanced

Participating Players

Whole team


Alone training, Groups, Offensive behaviors

Spatial Behavior

Limited playing field

Training Location

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

Author: Christian Titz