When you have a fast player quick thinking is vital to giving them the ball in areas they can exploit. In this game a wide ball can create opportunities in midfield or to get players up the pitch to go 1v1 with the keeper. MORE
Scoring from crosses
Good build up play will allow wingers to exploit width, putting them in a position to get the ball into the box for your forwards to attack. This session shows your players how to turn these opportunities into goals by getting players on the end of crosses.
What this session is about
Getting players into the box to score from crosses.
What to think about
- Arriving in the box in the right place at the right time is a particular strength of the world’s top strikers and attacking midfielders.
- Are the attackers meeting the ball as it arrives or are they waiting for the cross? Perfect timing will make the defender’s job of marking almost impossible.
- Ask the wingers to supply a variety of crosses at different angles, heights and speeds to encourage the attackers to make different runs.
- An area the size of two penalty areas.
- One goal either side.
- Wingers start at either corner on one side of the area, attackers on the opposite side.
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What you get your players to do
- First winger carries the ball the length of the playing area and crosses the ball.
- Attackers set off just after and try to get on the end of the cross and score.
- The players join the back of the queue and the exercise repeats in the opposite direction.
- Introduce a pair of defenders. This will increase the pressure on the attackers to find a yard of space and on the wingers to improve their crossing accuracy.
- The coach passes into the two attackers who combine to move the ball wide to the winger.
- The attackers must then try to lose the defenders and score from the winger’s cross.
- After attacking you defend and the previous defenders break out to attack the opposite goal.
Play a small-sided game with two goals and goalkeepers. Encourage your players to move the ball wide and stretch the opposition. Award extra points for goals scored from crosses.
What to call out
- “Arrive at the same time as the ball.”
- “Attack the ball.”
- “Don’t make the same run.”