In the latest return to play guidelines you can easily work within the rules with your striker and goalkeeper – two key positions in the team. The focus can be on either player, but I am going to give my striker a workout which the goalkeeper can also learn from. I am always looking beyond... MORE
Crossing and finishing
This simple drill will help younger players to start thinking about coordinating the timing of a cross with a team mate’s run towards goal.
What this session is about
- Shooting first time.
- Creating and scoring goals.
What to think about
- Players observing where their team-mates are.
- Crossing high and low.
- Keep cross away from keeper but give partner something to attack.
- Timing of cross and attacker’s run.
- Strike first time with shot, volley, diving header etc, preferably aiming for the corners away from the keeper.
Place 3 cones as shown in the diagram (right). Cones 1 and 2 are approximately 10 yards from the goal line; cone 3 is approximately 20 yards from the goal-line.
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What you get your players to do
Players line up behind cone 3, with the first crosser stood at cone 2.
The first attacker in the line passes to the crosser then runs around cone 1.
As the attacker is running the crosser controls the pass, knocks the ball a short distance ahead and crosses with their third touch towards the attacker who tries to score.
The attacker becomes the next crosser, with the first crosser joining the back of the line and the drill continues.
Repeat the drill with crossing from the left.
Repeat the drill but now add a goalkeeper who can save the attempts at goal but must not intercept the crosses.
For further difficulty add a defender.
Play 4v4 plus 2 keepers on pitch approx 30x20m but place the goals on the longer touchlines, making the pitch wide. Award bonus points for goals scored from crosses.
You may need to prevent players shooting from distance as this will be an easy option for them on a relatively short pitch.
What to call out
- “Attack the ball”
- “Hit the target”
- “Concentrate on getting techniques right”