|Age: 12-Adlt||Intensity: Medium|
|Time: 30 mins||Positions: 2,3,7,11|
|Players: 16+2GK||Area: 65x45 yrds|
- Develop players’ ability to produce quality delivery from crossing opportunities.
- Develop players’ ability to finish from crosses.
- Develop players’ ability to distribute varied types of crosses.
Diagram 1. Set-Up Arrangement
- Set up a playing area of 65x45 yrds. The playing area is split into 3 zones.
- There are two channel areas on the side of the playing area (Zone 1 and Zone 2).
- These channels are marked out by cones. An outfield player from each team is placed in these outside channels.
- Initially for the unopposed practice teams have 5 players (including the wing players placed in the channels).
- 2 GKs are positioned in full size goals. A supply of balls is kept in the centre of the playing area. If you have additional players they can remain at the centre cone and rotate on each attack.
- Each team attacks a goal practicing unopposed attacking routines. The coach outlines the type of cross for the team to work on (i.e. Near post, far, cut back. Low, Early, etc). Each attack should have 2 forwards, a midfielder who sits a little deeper, a crosser and the opposite side winger.
- The ball is passed wide to one of the flank players 9 (A1).
- Dependent on the rules below, the flank player then either dribbles, takes a touch and crosses, or crosses first time.
- The ball is crossed in using a particular type of cross. The 2 strikers (A2&A3) attack the cross, along with A4 and also A5 who comes in to finish deep.
- Once an attack is complete, the team turns and returns to the opposite goal playing through the other team, picking up another ball on its way and attacking the opposite end.
- The coach should request the following types of crosses:
- Near Post – Ball delivered in fast, relatively low (not hanging) to the early running forward.
- Far Post – High hanging ball, to the back of the second 6yrd area for the deep forward or the far outside midfielder to come in and attack.
- Cut Back – Ball cut back from the end line at an angle (approx. 30 to 60 degrees). Usually played on the ground to the midfielder.
- Early Cross – Ball played in behind the defense with early delivery to expose the gap between the back line and GK.
- Progression to 8vs8 (+2GK). Play 6vs6 in the central playing area. Require 3 passes in the central playing area before the ball can be played wide to a wing (flank) player. Once the ball is out with the flank players a number of rules (shown below) can be applied by the coach to develop a variety of attacking options from crosses:
Diagram 2. Progression 8vs8 (+2 GK)
- Normal in the goals. Channels goals count double in a free play game.
- The following rules can be applied to the exercise:
- Quality of the cross to the correct area. Cones can be placed where you want the ball to drop, etc.
- Timing and line of the attacking runs by the forwards, central midfielder and far midfielder.
- Delivery into the second 6 yrd area.
- First and Second Phase attempts.
- Analyze the decision of what type of cross should be delivered.
- Head up to assess the open players.