|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 25 mins||Positions: 7,9,10,11|
|Players: 15||Area: 2/3rds Field|
- Coach a team in how to cross the ball effectively.
- Coach runs and the movement of players when attacking crosses.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Mark out 2/3 of a full size pitch. Start position where the yellow cone is (this can be varied). The teams play in specific formations. The defending team = 3-2-1. The attacking team = 3-3-2. Gate goals are set up.
- 8 attackers (Yellow)
- 6 defenders (Red)
- 1 goalkeeper (Green)
- Starting position: A Mishit pass forward from a defender into A1. The yellow attacking team then combines with each other using the flank player to create opportunities on goal. Passes 1-3 should be allowed unopposed. The starting position allows for play to go out to the wing. Switch the roles of attacking and defending after 10 minutes. The restart positions can be varied. The coach works with the attacking team to identify the key points of attacking in wide areas involving crossing, both group and individual defending. The defending team scores by passing or dribbling through the gate goals.
- A1 receives a pass from the start position (Yellow cone) in the form of a mishit pass.
- A1 passes to A3 to simulate a pass to an outside back.
- A3 then plays the ball onto A7.
- a) Early cross into the 2nd 6 yrd area.
- b) Via a 1vs1 or a 1-2 with the checking striker, deliver a late cross in the second 6 yrd area.
- 2 teams compete and attempt to score.
- The attacking team scores by scoring on the goal.
- The defending team scores by playing the ball through a gate goal.
- They have 7 touches to do so.
- Discuss the 2nd 6 yrd area, indicated in the diagram above where crosses should be delivered.
- Movement of A7 to create space to receive the ball in an open body position (i.e. checking forward then back).
- Quality of the ball in. With pace, bending into forwards, height of cross.
- A Cross is a Pass!! Don’t just hit in there randomly. Pick out a target.
- Discuss techniques to beat the wing defender 1vs1.
- Discuss the movement of the near striker to provide an opportunity for a 1-2.
- Discuss how the wing player (A7) checks to create space for himself to receive pass 3.
- Far (weak side) midfielder attacks the back post area.
- Delay and stagger runs of A4, A6, A8. Timing of runs.
- Discuss crosses to the Near, Central and Far post areas.
- Discuss driven crosses vs. hanging crosses (i.e. to the back post)
- Discuss angled runs by the attackers. Not straight on.
- Early crossing opportunities in the defenders standoff.
- Discuss passing down the line for the striker to runs diagonally onto and cross.
- Can the winger drive all the way to the line and pull back a 45 degrees pass on the ground across the penalty area on the ground? Draw the GK to the near post?
Diagram 2 – Early Cross
Diagram 3 – Standard Cross
Diagram 4 – Late Cross (45/Cut Back)