INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Guardiola teams cross the ball

A well-timed cross into the box is one of the finest sights in the game, but if you want your players crossing like Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson or Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, it’s a skill you have to work at in training.

With so many goals scored from crosses, it is vital that your young footballers are able to put the ball into the box at the right place and the right time. Effective crossing can make all the difference to the threat your team offers opponents. A well-placed incoming ball can cause confusion in the goalmouth and it gives your attacking players something to aim at.

It’s clear that no matter how much of a goal-machine a striker appears to be, he is nothing without good service. It’s one of the game’s most beautiful sights when a wide player beats a defender on the touchline and curls in an inch-perfect cross for his onrushing team-mate to slam past a motionless keeper.

If you want your attackers to be blessed with this kind of service, try working your players through the drills below.

Using wide areas is an important part of attacking play. Feel the width aims to coach players to score more goals from crosses and to show that changing the pace of play and the angle of attack are key instruments in unlocking the opposition.

In your training session it helps if the team can experiment with angles and different heights of playing a ball into the box from the wings. In Continuous crossing the crossers are unopposed so they can concentrate on the technique and get good crosses in. It’s a fast and continuous session.

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