Third man runs  






This is called a third man run because the runner is the third man in the play. The third man can sometimes start the passing sequence, and sometimes he is on the blind side of the play and not involved at all when the run starts.


Third man run - first passer


In the figure above, A2 starts with the ball in a standard mid-field/attacking position. He exchanges passes with A3. This draw D1 upfield, and D2 over to provide second defender cover.

D3 is also distracted by what’s happening, and misses the blind side run by A1, who is making the third man run in this case