What Is an Overlapping Run?

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The grass is always greener where there isn’t a defender. 

Knowing how to move without the ball is crucial in soccer, and an overlapping run can put you in a great position to score.  

Here’s the technique: Two attackers face one defender. Rather than staying beside or behind their teammate, the player without the ball makes a looping run out wide around the dribbler. 

This forces the defender to choose between guarding the ball – or the runner. Here’s a hint: They often choose the ball. The attacker with the ball can then pass to their teammate, who has found open space to receive the pass. Ideally, in a better position to score.

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