Crossing & Finishing With Defenders
A player receives a pass and crosses for one of four players to attempt to score. This activity is brilliant for developing the ability to score from a cross after making a run in tandem with other players.
Groups of 13 players are organised as illustrated.The teacher/coach/feed player passes the ball to player 1. Player 1 controls the ball, turns, draws the defender and passes the ball to player 2 who has made a run down the touchline. Player 2 crosses the moving ball to players 1, 3, 4 and 5 who make well timed runs to the front and back posts to meet the cross and redirect the ball beyond a goalkeeper. Player 4 runs to the front post just ahead of player 3 who runs to the back post. Player 5 attacks the area behind players 3 & 4 around the penalty spot and player 1 attacks the edge of the’ 6-yard box’. The next group of 5 players repeat the activity and players change roles after a set number of crosses. The activity should be performed from both sides of the goal.
Cross: Adjust stride to strike the ball at the correct time; look up to pick out target player; non-kicking foot slightly behind the ball; eyes looking at ball on contact; contact ball well below mid line for elevation; lean back on follow through.
Increase difficulty: Increase distance between crosser and strikers; increase distance between goal and strikers; increase distance strikers have to run; use smaller balls; use non-dominant foot to finish; introduce extra defenders; decrease size of goal. Decrease difficulty: Decrease distance between crosser and strikers; decrease distance between goal and strikers; decrease distance strikers have to run; allow one defender only; increase size of goal; use lighter balls.