The overload: football tactics explained

Declan Rice looking to force an overload
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Overload. Not just an underrated banger from the Sugababes in 2000, or an Arthur Hailey novel from 1979.

These days when most of us hear the term overload, we think football. As a tactical component it is basic, but it is what every coach and manager is wanting from their team when they are on the attack.

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.