Decoy Overlap

Drill Purpose

This is a drill designed to deceive the defense of an opposing team.


1. Three players are used in this drill. One player, C, represents the
defense and two players, A & B, represent the offense.

2. A passes to B

3. A then overlaps B to receive a return pass.

4. B makes a decoy run to draw the defense, C, out of the play

5. A dribbles to the 18-yard line and takes a shot on goal.

Points of Emphasis

Decoy Overlap is a drill designed to get the offense working together on plays that can be used against opposing defenses. During Decoy Overlap, instruct players to…

– Act the part and try to deceive the defense by using glances and eye movements so that defenders can’t determine what will happen next.
– Take one step at a time and don’t get ahead of yourself. Trap and receive the ball before moving forward and don’t try to do too much at once.


As players gain an understanding of the game, further variations include:

1. Using more defenders.
2. Forcing players to with their opposite feet.

Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 – Reward offensive teams that successfully execute the drill.

Tip #2 – Encourage players be creative should the play break down.

Tip #3 – Try any means of trickery to draw the defender away.

6 Responses to Decoy Overlap

  1. Wayne May 14, 2010 at 3:57 pm #

    Interesting drill. The attackers in my team can befefit from this drill

  2. BampiggaStephen June 22, 2010 at 3:38 am #

    Beautiful drill,i will certainly use this to sharpen my goal scoreres.It looks like we have a general scoring problem in Africa! Thank you.

  3. Bruce August 17, 2010 at 8:11 am #

    I find that this type of drill is complete waste of time. I like the fact of overlapping and the offence talking, but anytime there is two offenceive players going against one deffender my players see they have no chance and give up. Sure the goalie can get some work, but I would rather see two on two with a goalie.I know that I can make the changes for my practice, I just wanted to know if other coaches see what I see.

  4. Rob August 20, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    Bruce, drills are presented to give ideas that might help a young team learn. Feel free to use them as-is or alter them in a way that may challenge your players if they are playing at a higher level. Most kindergarten-age children and under aren’t savvy when it comes to “faking” and this is a possible introductory drill that can be added to a coach’s beginning repertoire.

  5. Doug August 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm #

    Bruce, I would say you need to work with your players to not give up if they are in a 2 v 1 situation. That happens all the time on the field so you may actually want to consider MORE drills like this that puts the defense in a short-sided situation. I will often do 2 v 1, 3 v 2, etc. to create more opportunities to pass and get the ball to the open player. If you always play even numbers, you miss some opportunities to give the players some space to make mistakes.

  6. abdex romeo June 8, 2013 at 2:57 am #

    its a good drill which i will like my players to do in the trainig period.

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