Crossing and finishing soccer session

There are a variety of different crossing styles and techniques so you must outline the fundamentals to your players and allow them to figure out what crosses work best and when they work. This crossing and finishing soccer session will help your players do just that.

Crosses are an effective and direct method of creating opportunities and chances in soccer, typically from wide areas. Crosses can be played in the air, along the ground pulled back to the edge of the box, or played across the goal. The type of cross can be influenced by the movement of the attacking teammates, whereas the defenders and goalkeepers are too.

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Crossing and finishing Warm-up

Make sure you have all the soccer coaching equipment you need for this session before starting.

Time: 10 minutes

Set up:

  • 15×20 yard area
  • 3 players per team with 1 soccer ball
  • 2 goals
  • cones to create 2-yard channels

Instructions:

Set up your area place 2 goals opposite each other on the 15-yard lines and Place a line of cones 2 yards in that run parallel with the 20-yard lines, this should create 2 channels.

The teams must work together to score as many goals as they can.

Once they have scored one goal they will try and score in the opposite goal.

If players can score a goal where a teammate has crossed it from the wide area and can finish it the first time they will get 3 goals instead of 1.

If a team scores a goal where these conditions are not met it will be worth 1 goal

All players must be involved in the build-up to the goal.

Coaching points:

  • Use the whole width of the area
  • Head up before you cross the ball
  • Players off the ball should be finding different spaces to attack the cross

Questions that can lead to coaching points:

  • Where can go to find space if we do not have the ball?
  • Before You cross the ball how do you know where your teammates are?
  • Should both players go to the same space when the cross comes in?

Crossing and finishing technical activity

Time: 25 minutes

Set up:

  • 15×20 yard area
  • 3 players per team with 1 soccer ball
  • 2 players as defenders
  • 4 goals
  • cones to create 2-yard channels

Instructions:

With the same area ask 2 players to become defenders, they will be defending the one larger goal.

The attacking team made up of 3 players will try to score in the larger goal.

If they can score where the phase of play included a player receiving it in the wide area then they will get 3 goals instead of 1.

If the defending team score, they can score in the 3 smaller goals opposite for 1 goal.

Rotate defenders every 5 minutes.

Coaching points:

  • Use the whole width of the area
  • If you don’t have the ball create space for yourself to give your teammate an option
  • Keep your head up so you can see the movements of your teammates

Questions that can lead to coaching points:

  • Where can we find space?
  • What can you do to create space for yourself to receive the be ball?
  • If you are on the ball where should you be looking? Why?

Crossing and finishing the conditioned game

To try and help this phase of play occur more often I introduced channels on the left and right sides of the pitch and introduced these rules:

  • When in possession of the ball the attacking team may use the channels
  • When you do not have the ball as the defending you may not go into the channels (depending on the success of the players this can be removed)
  • If your team scores from a player crossing the ball, it will count as 3 goals instead of 1

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