You often find with young football teams that the defenders are drawn forward when they are on the attack, leaving space behind them for your team to exploit. An early cross is the best way to do it, says David Clarke.
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.
When you are preparing for matches make sure you practice crossing and finishing during training so that the crossers of the ball are playing to your strengths not your weaknesses.
Scoring from crosses is something every team needs to practise. Rather than just a “hit and hope”, successful crosses involve skill, timing and teamwork.
This is a complex drill to help players develop three different kinds of cross.
To play like Manchester United you need to attack at speed and use wingers to devastating effect. Use this drill to create a potent attacking force that piles on the pressure in the box
This game encourages players to cross accurately and quickly like Leighton Baines or Patrice Evra. When they receive the ball on the wing, they will put in a great first-time cross to catch out a retreating defense. Set-up Create an area of 40×40 yards with 10×10-yard boxes in two opposite corners. We’ve used 11 […]
We won our latest match 2-0. It was a tight game and on the balance of play you wouldn’t have been able to call a winner. But we won. The winning difference was that when it came to playing the important balls – crosses or through balls – my players had the greater instinct to […]
I turned up very early to my U10s match at the weekend because I wanted to catch some of the other games being played at our club. In the time it took me to order a coffee and start drinking the opposition had put two goals in against one of our teams. Both goals were […]
Hitting the ball on the run was one of David Beckham’s biggest assets at Real Madrid. Use this activity to improve the crossing of your players Why use it At Real Madrid Beckham’s ability to cross the ball on the run made life difficult for the opposition defenders. This is one of the harder skills […]
When you are preparing for matches make sure you organise some crossing and finishing drills during training so that the crossers of the ball are playing to your strengths not your weaknesses. It is very important for you as a coach to play to your strengths. Incorporate into your training sessions a 10-minute quick-break soccer […]