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Crossing breakout

Overview

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.

Set up

  • Pitch 60yds x 30yds
  • Three goals, one is placed 20yds outside the main pitch

See complete set up here

What you get your players to do

Create two teams of six players including a goalkeeper. One team is numbered in odds and the other team is numbered in evens.

The two teams play a normal game inside the main pitch. This game is controlled by you, serving the ball into the pitch when a goal is scored or when the ball leaves the pitch.

On your call of a number, that player must run out of the main pitch and receive a cross from the wide player in order to head or volley a shot at goal

The player must then become the new crosser while the original crossing player returns to the main pitch.

Rules

  • The game is played for ten minutes
  • Each player is called out of the pitch on one occasion to run and score from a cross. The main game continues when the shooting situation occurs
  • You are in control of playing a new ball into the main pitch if the ball leaves play
  • The crossing player cannot return to the main pitch until their team mate has scored
  • Goals in the main game counts as one goal, goals in the breakout also count as one goal. The team with the most goals wins

Development/progression

Move the crossing player to the opposite side of the pitch so that the players experience scoring from crosses fed to them from the right and left.

 

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Crossing breakout - part 1

The player called runs to score from the cross.

Crossing breakout - part 2

This player now becomes the new crossing player.

Crossing breakout - part 3

The original crosser rejoins the game.

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