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Wideboys cross and attack

Increase your team’s chances of scoring goals from crossing situations by developing game understanding for wingers – whether they have possession of the ball or not during attacks.

What this session is about

  1. Getting crosses into the box.
  2. Attacking the far post from crosses.
  3. Improving wide players’ movement off the ball.

What to think about

  • When one wide player is in possession of the ball, the wide player on the opposite wing must try to come inside and become an additional forward in the box.
  • The wide player not in possession of the ball should aim to run to the far post and cover this zone.
  • Attacking the far post enables a player to be in a good place to react to flick-ons, rebounds off the goalkeeper and crosses that go over the defenders in the box.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split your players into two teams and set up the cones as starting positions as in the top picture, using half of your pitch. Each team earns one point for the centre forward scoring and two points for the wide player – on the opposite wing – scoring from the cross.

To start, the midfielder passes to the wide player who dribbles and crosses into the box for the centre forward and opposite wide player to score a goal. The only opposition each team faces is a goalkeeper.

One team attempts the exercise then waits while the other team takes its turn to build up an attack. Swap players around on each team so everyone tries crossing the ball in from the wing.

Two teams take turns to launch attacks using crosses from wide players.

Two teams take turns to launch attacks using crosses from wide players.


Development

Use two teams in the same area but one team defends the goal with a goalkeeper, four defenders and one midfielder while the other team attacks the goal using two midfielders, two wide players and two centre forwards, as in the middle picture.

The attacking team begins play with the ball wide and tries to build an attack and score a goal. The rule of the game is that when the ball is wide on one side of the pitch, the opposite wide player must make a run into the box.

If the defenders regain the ball then they score by making a clearance over the halfway line.

In an attack v defence game, one player crosses from wide while the opposite wide players runs toward the far post.

In an attack v defence game, one player crosses from wide while the opposite wide players runs toward the far post.


Game situation

Use two teams in a small-sided game, as in the bottom picture. One team attacks within the main pitch area. The other team attacks in the opposite direction but has two additional wide players in the outside channels of the pitch.

This team can only score from a cross. If one wide player has the ball, the opposite wide player is allowed to run into the central area of the pitch and attacks the far post to score a goal.

Rotate wide players every two minutes. Play a 10-minute half then give the other team two wide players instead for the second period.

In a small-sided game, one team has two extra players who must either cross from wide or come in to attack a cross.

In a small-sided game, one team has two extra players who must either cross from wide or come in to attack a cross.


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