EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Crossing

If your team has good wingers you will be looking to get them wide and putting in some good crosses for your attackers. Crossing the ball requires specific soccer skills and creating opportunities to get crosses in requires certain tactical approaches.

These soccer drills look at how to get your team to score more goals from crosses.

Wingers game - part 1

Wingers game

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

The wingers game shows the advantage of having width in your team’s play. The game is played for two halves with each team being given the wingers for one half and benefiting from being able to pass wide and get crosses into the opponent’s box. MORE

3v2 to score - part 1

3v2 to score

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

This game improves your attackers’ movement inside the opponent’s box. When attempting to score from a cross, attackers must ensure that their runs are made to lose or disrupt defenders. As the cross is played into the box the attackers should be spread out covering both near and far posts as well as the centre of the goal as this will maximise their chances of scoring. MORE

Crossing games

Crossing games

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

The key to scoring more goals is adding width to your attack. These crossing games will improve your team’s ability at moving the ball into wide areas and then getting players into the box to score from crosses. MORE

Crossing breakout - part 1

Crossing breakout

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

The crossing breakout factor introduces an interesting twist in this small-sided game as it gives one team a chance to score an additional goal but only if they do so from a cross. MORE

4v4 + wide players - part 1

4v4 + Wide Players

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Three teams of four players Two teams play the game One team acts as the goalkeepers and crossing players Rules The game is played as a normal 4v4 plus keepers, but the teams can use the players off the... MORE

Two in and two wide - part 1

Two In and Two Wide

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

Set up Pitch size: 30 x 20 yards (minimum) up to 40 x 25 yards (maximum) Two teams of four players, two players from each team starting on the pitch Two keepers Rules The central players are involved in a 2v2 game but can use their wide players to their advantage when in possession of... MORE

Wingers game - part 1

Wingers game

in Crossing, Small Sided Games

The wingers game improves players’ awareness and ability to get the ball into wide areas and reinforces the benefits crossing situations give to a team. Players including Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard have become world stars by passing wide and then getting into the box to score from a cross. MORE

How to coach accurate crosses - part 1

Combine and cross

in Crossing, Practice plans

Delivering accurate crosses from wide is a key part of any team’s armoury and the better your players become at it, the more effective your team will be at creating goalscoring opportunities. MORE

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