Gary Neville: How to overrun the defence

Charge through the opposition's defence thanks to this drill from England coach, Gary Neville


Four attackers are positioned just beyond the halfway line, with three defenders stationed along the 18-yard-box. The coach stands in the centre circle with a ball.

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The coach passes the ball to one of the attackers – in this case player B (see video). The attacking players must now try to break through the defence and score. Attacker A makes a run around the outside of defender A to create space for a shot. Attacker A takes advantage of the overload and drives through the gap to take a shot at goal.

Key points

•    Spread out and stretch the defence
•    Draw the defenders out of position
•    Wide player makes run outside the defender
•    Take advantage of the space and shoot

Neville was talking at an event for Vauxhall, the England sponsor. Keep up to date with news and comps at, @VauxhallEngland and

Also see:
Play like Spain: Master the 1 v 1
Play like Spain: Fast combinations: Part one
Play like Spain: Fast combinations: Part two
Play like Spain: Pass under pressure
Play like Spain: Make the killer pass
Play like Spain: Fast finishing
Play like Spain: Training guides

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