When your players get the ball into an attacking position they need to finish it off. This exercise helps them do that – it needs good communication, accurate passing and a good finish. MORE
Crossing and finishing
With so many goals scored from crosses it is vital that your players have the ability to create and finish crossing opportunities.
What this session is about
- Getting the ball into wide areas and creating crossing opportunities.
- Getting players into the box in order to convert the chances created.
What to think about
By playing the ball into wide areas your team stretch the opposition’s defence. This often leads to space in central areas. Therefore it is vitally important that players – particularly midfielders – are willing to make runs into the box and score otherwise playing the ball wide is ineffective.
- 60×40 yard area.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
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What you get your players to do
The coach passes to two attackers who must combine and then pass out wide to the full back. The full back dribbles forward and passes down the line for the wide player to cross into the box, the two attackers must try to score.
In the next stage the attackers pass directly to the wide player who dribbles inside allowing the full back to overlap. The wide player makes a reverse pass for the full back to cross into the box for the two attackers to try to score.
Now we have added defenders to the practice. The attackers have a choice of whether to pass to the full back or wide player. The full back and wide player must react according to the pass made.
The attackers must time their runs to arrive with the cross and get in front of the defenders to get to the ball.
Play a small-sided game where goals are worth double if they come from a cross. To encourage more crosses you can use a wider pitch.
What to call out
- “Play at match tempo”
- “Pace on the cross”
- “Movements to lose the defender and score”