This is a complex drill to help players develop three different kinds of cross.
Why use it
The session aims to coach players to score more goals from crosses and to show that changing the pace of play and the angle of attack are key instruments in unlocking the opposition. Using wide areas is an important part of attacking play.
Create a playing area that is wider than long by using the width of the pitch you normally play on (mini, 9v9 or full size) and half that size for the length (so mini would be 30 wide x 15 deep and full size would be 60×30). Split it into six equal squares.
You need a goal, balls, bibs and cones. We’re using 17 players in a 9v8 overload.
How to play
Players are locked into areas, except for the full backs, who look to join the attack and create situations to cross the ball.
We’re looking for three different types of crosses here: the David Beckham cross, just entering the final third; the Ashley Young cross, cutting inside and swinging it across; and the Leighton Baines cross, running to the byline and whipping it in.