EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Crucial crosses creates goals

Crossing situations are a great way to score goals. The practices in this session focus on a wide player’s ability to cross accurately and a forward’s movement to run into the box to score.

What this session is about

  1. Getting the ball out wide.
  2. Using various crossing techniques.
  3. Making runs into the box to score.

What to think about

The job of a wide player is to get quality crosses into the penalty area. This means you must constantly remind players who play in a full back or wide attacking position to work hard on their dribbling and crossing techniques.

Now that you have the wide players focused on their role, it is important forwards and midfielders make runs in to the box and give the team a good chance of scoring.

Work hard on the timing of runs and how forwards can move to lose a defender before the cross is made.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10-15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Use the final third of a pitch so the width of the area is realistic in this exercise.

The forward (A1) passes the ball to the wide player (A2). The wide player dribbles down the side of the pitch then makes a pull-back cross for the forward.

The forward now shoots at goal. The wide player and the striker now rotate positions.

The next attack comes from the opposite side of the pitch.

Teams take turns to attack using pull-back crosses and shots at goal.

Teams take turns to attack using pull-back crosses and shots at goal.


Development

Use the same size area as before. Remember you can use both ends of the pitch depending on player numbers.

Team A’s forward (A1) serves the ball to team B’s wide player (B2).

B2 now dribbles the ball and crosses it over the mannequin/flag and to team B’s forward (B1).

B1 now shoots at goal. B2 becomes the new forward and B1 joins the back of the queue.

The next attack starts on the opposite side of the pitch with team B’s next forward passing to A2.

Now teams attack using aerial crosses over a mannequin/flag.

Now teams attack using aerial crosses over a mannequin/flag.


Game situation

Use your normal pitch but mark a 15-yard channel along each wing, as shown in the bottom picture.

Use two teams. A neutral wide player (N) is used on each side to create crossing situations.

Play takes place mainly in one half of the pitch.

Team A (attacking the left goal) uses the neutral players close to the goal in order to create a chance to cross.

Team B can only use the neutral players by winning possession and making a pass through the flag gates and into the space in the outside channel.

Now play transfers to the opposite end of the pitch with team B’s attackers and team A’s defenders racing up to the goal. The neutral player in possession crosses to a team A player, who tries to score.

Play with these restrictions for half of the game then swap so each team play to the same rules. The team that scores most goals wins.

In a small-sided game, teams use neutral players in wide channels who cross the ball in to be attacked.

In a small-sided game, teams use neutral players in wide channels who cross the ball in to be attacked.


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