The Rules

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.

Main Objectives

Improves passing, crossing and finishing.

Set Up

Area: 40×40 yards including 5 yard channels lengthways on either side
Players: 12
Equipment: Cones, balls, 2 goals

Crossing Fire Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 1

The neutral player goes in each of the channels.


Crossing Fire Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 2

A team must make three passes before giving the ball to a neutral.


Crossing Fire Drill for 9 to 11 Year Olds- part 3

The attacking team then try to score from a cross.

What To Call Out

“Get it wide”
“Cross early”
“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.

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