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One wide player is placed in each of the 5 yard channels. They are neutral players and must cross for both teams.
Goalkeepers are also considered neutral.
When in possession a team must put together 3 passes before playing out to one of the wide players. They must then try and score from the cross.
Teams can score in either goal but a player can only score from a cross if their team made the pass to the wide player.
Improves passing, crossing and finishing.
Area: 40×40 yards including 5 yard channels lengthways on either side
Equipment: Cones, balls, 2 goals
What To Call Out
“Get it wide”
“Attack the cross”
After, say, three goals have been scored, add the condition that the ball must be switched from side to side at least once before the cross.
Finally, to involve the goalkeepers more allow them to throw the ball direct to the wide player for a quick counter attack. But beware, the cross may come straight back and any player can score which tests everyone’s reactions.
Ask goalkeepers to stay on their goal line to allow more attacking opportunities from the crosses.