Get better at crossing the ball

Watching the matches taking place behind closed doors I get the impression that the players are more motivated to use their skills without a crowd to shout at them if they make a mistake!

One of the most common ones is when teams counter attack and players cross the ball when they are moving at speed. It is much harder to keep your balance when that is happening and direction and power are also difficult to judge when running at speed.

However with lots of teams using counter attacks as their main weapon it is very much a skill that can create goal chances – crossing at speed on the run.

Try these two activities:

Crossing the ball on the run is is one of the harder skills that wingers need and it helps them to catch out defenders on the counterattack without stopping or slowing the attack down.

To get young players used to using counter attacks use this activity to help them understand the speed and the direct play that can result in a goal. 3v2 Counter attacking can be used against any opponents and should be part of your attacking tactical bible.

Don’t forget to check out all the Return to Play activities for you to use while your club is still under social distancing rules.

I you want something to listen to, head over to my Podcast where there is a variety of subjects to choose from or if you have an Alexa-enabled device you can simply ask Alexa to “enable Soccer Coach Weekly”.

We now have a lesson plan for all the Principles of Play, attacking and defending, in the Coaching Classroom so make sure you head over to see what you should be coaching your players so they understand the Principles of Play. The latest one is Control and restraint.

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