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Cross fire

Good communication between attackers is vital for a successful partnership because occupying the same area makes space easier to defend. “Cross fire” encourages your attackers to build an understanding of the runs they must make to create space.

What this session is about

  1. Creating space.
  2. Enhancing communication.
  3. Scoring goals.

What to think about

  • Timing – the player attacking the near post can check away from the wide player, or hold their run, before arriving at the same time as the ball. The far post attacker bends a run around their partner, then sprints once the ball is crossed.
  • Players must accelerate to lose their markers.
  • Attack at pace.
  • Communication – should players use signals or trigger movements, etc?

Set-up

  • Penalty area and a goal.
  • Split players into three groups. The wide players (“W”) stand to one side of the penalty area. Two sets of strikers (“A” and “B”) are positioned on the edge of the penalty area, one set either side of the D.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

The first wide player, “W”, dribbles towards the goal line. An attacker from group “A” heads for the near post. At the same time, an attacker from group “B” runs behind “A” before bending their run back towards the far post.

The wide player crosses for either striker to score. The wide player joins line “B”, attacker “B” joins line “A”, and attacker “A” joins line “W”. Repeat the drill until everyone has had a turn in each position.

Then repeat the drill from the other side of the penalty area.

Attacker B runs to the far post around the back of attacker A (near post). Both players time their runs to meet the wide player’s cross.

Attacker B runs to the far post around the back of attacker A (near post). Both players time their runs to meet the wide player’s cross.


Development

  • Add a goalkeeper.
  • Add one defender and play offsides. The defender can also mark each striker in turn man-to-man. Change defenders regularly.
Add a goalkeeper and a defender who can mark man-to-man. Can the players communicate so the cross reaches the unmarked attacker?

Add a goalkeeper and a defender who can mark man-to-man. Can the players communicate so the cross reaches the unmarked attacker?


Game situation

Play 4v4 in a pitch approximately 30 yards by 30 yards. Have four wide players operating outside the touch line who play for the team with the ball and are conditioned to provide crosses for players performing crossover moves.

Wide players have three touches (control, dribble, cross/pass).

Allow players outside the touch lines three touches to pass or cross for the team with the ball. Can the attackers cross over and score?

Allow players outside the touch lines three touches to pass or cross for the team with the ball. Can the attackers cross over and score?


What to call out

  • “Work with each other”
  • “Time your run”
  • “Attack the ball”
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