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Walrus

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So with regards to our U18 boys who are a mid table team.  We play a 4-1-4-1 formation that works well for us.  Currently my issue is with our outside backs who rarely overlap! Quite honestly in a game id see we see maybe 3 overlaps.  Been trying to drill it in their heads but just doesn't seem like it's in their nature.  So it seems useless to go with 4 at the back if the outside backs don't get in the attack, having said that, we would get crushed with 3 at the back.    One of the things i was looking at was maybe inverting the fullbacks?  Maybe we can push the striker and 4 mids further up the field and stretch our opponents,  and quite frankly if they aren't going to overlap maybe we can get them involved this way?  suggestion welcomed.  Thanks
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I was thinking that maybe having the outside mids in front of them makes them think that there isn't enough space for them to get involved.  Maybe tuck your wingers in a bit, or perhaps give them some very specific ideas of when to overlap and what to do with it.
For instance, if they are only told to overlap without the reasoning behind it, they may see something completely different than you do.

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Play SSG in training with following Challenge:
Every pass MUST be followed by an overlap even if the return pass doesnt come

Then confine it to Attack Half only
Also, there is an alternative for your backs; to become inverted backs by both moving to in front of the center backs so the mid players can support higher up the pitch. Should opponents win possession then then one instantly returns to their position while the other screens in front of the CBs

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Guys:  Appreciate the feedback, some good points for sure.  Thanks
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Who is providing the maximum amount of width in your attack? If the outside mids are on the touchline then your fullbacks can become inverted, because you don't really want your fullback to overlap off the field. 

I have always found it difficult for players who share attacking responsibilities in adjacent lines in wide spaces to utilize the space together. I don't know if it is simply having outside mids who are too defensive-minded to push up into space a wing player would be in, or simply the midfield and back lines being too close togerther to be effective.

Do you need overlapping fullbacks to be successful with your team? 
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