Scoring from crosses

Scoring from crosses is a sure fire way of making sure the ball hits the back of the net – crosses from wingers contribute to more goal chances than anything else in the game, so making sure you include sessions on scoring from crosses in your training schedule is vital to the success of your team.

Much of that approach play is to do with strikers adopting a clever body shape, and ensuring the angle of their run is such that they give themselves the best chance of making good contact.

In every match you will see chances to score goals come from balls played into the danger areas. I for one know my teams will put in a stream of crosses throughout the matches they play. But we do practice because any ball across the face of goal as an opportunity that can and often should be converted.

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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