EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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.

Set-up

  1. An area the size of two penalty areas.
  2. One goal either side.
  3. Wingers start at either corner on one side of the area, attackers on the opposite side.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

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.
The attackers need to time their run to meet the cross perfectly.

The attackers need to time their run to meet the cross perfectly.


Development

  • 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.
Can the attackers beat the defenders to the cross and finish under pressure?

Can the attackers beat the defenders to the cross and finish under pressure?


Game situation

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.

Put the techniques into practice in a game. Award bonus points for goals scored from crosses.

Put the techniques into practice in a game. Award bonus 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.”
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