5 Reasons to Create Overloads in Attack
You may have heard your coaches, or pundits on TV, talking about the idea of creating overloads in different areas of the pitch during a match.
If you haven't understood the concept, don't be alarmed, it's really quite simple: overloads are numerical advantages verse your opponents that create positive chances for scoring goals and keeping the ball.
Here are 5 of the biggest reasons your team should look to create overloads when you take the field.
1. Keep the Ball
If you want to discover what overloads can bring to your team's attack, you're going to want to start focusing on being a team that can keep possession of the ball for long stretches of a match.
As you work hard to develop the technical ability, decision-processing skills, and game intelligence needed to maintain the ball, you'll soon start to realize that there are little overloads occurring all around you in small-sided-games during a match.
2. Reinforce Switching The Point of Attack
If you're team is going to look to create more overloads, it's going to go hand-in-hand with working on switching the point of attack, playing the ball from one side of the pitch to the other with long passes or short combination play through your midfield.
This is a critical element of any good attack, and if you're not already working on switching the field of play, start incorporating it right now into your training sessions and match day preparation.
3. Disrupt the Opponents Defense
Switching the point of attack to create overloads is one of the best ways to disrupt your opponent's defense and instill uncertainty, it pulls defenders out of position, and creates confusion in your opponents plans to stay compact and impenetrable.
As you get more skilled at switching the ball, and creating numbers up in attack, seams, splits, angles, and passing lanes start to get bigger, wider, and more evident to your midfielders, wings and forwards.
4. Final Third Dynamism
Creating overloads in the final third of the pitch will ensure that your team is much more dynamic in attack, overlaps, underlaps, wall-passes, through-balls, increased movement off the ball, and the chance to take players on 1v1 in the proper areas will blossom if you can start to incorporate this methodology into your team's approach to a match.
If your team is struggling to score goals, creating overloads is a great place to start for uncovering why you don't create many chances from open play.
5. Score More Goals
Since you're team is going to be much more dynamic in the final third thanks to switching the field and creating numerical advantages, you will see an uptick in the number of chances your team creates, and ultimately the number of goals that are scored in your favor.
Dedicating time and energy to developing this pattern of play with your team play is essential to becoming a championship caliber team, so there's not a minute to lose, start working on cultivating the numerical advantages that overloads create.