Crossing and Finishing - Soccer Drill

Crossing and Shooting Soccer Drill 

As teams become more organised the necessity to be able to play out wide is increased. This sessions looks at getting the ball out wide and delivering it into an area that can lead to a goal scoring opportunity.

Required Equipment
Equpiment - Football Equipment - Bibs Equipment - Cones Equipment - Goals
x Good Supply x 2 Sets x Good Supply x 2
Area Additional Equipment
Pitch Area X = Half a Pitch
Y = Width of Pitch
Additional Info None
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Crossing and Finishing
Key Factors for this Soccer Drill


  1. Observation

  2. Decision

  3. Technique

  4. Area Aimed for



  1. Approach
  2. Timing
  3. Attitude
  4. Technique
  5. Follow Ups
Starting Position

5 v 5 in the main area, with a 1 v 1 situation in the channels. Ball begins with one of the goalkeepers. Can be a lame shot from the opposition that results in the goalkeeper collecting it easily. Mark out second 6 yard areas (prime target areas).

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Coaching Points during this Soccer Drill


  1. Observation - The crossing player must observe where the goalkeeper and their teammates are.
  2. Decision - Based on their observation. When, where and how to cross the ball.
  3. Technique - The type of cross should be relevant to the situation.
  4. Area of Cross - Front post, back post, central or cut back. If they can get their head up they should look for a teammate, otherwise the cross should be aimed towards the second 6 yard area (space between 6 yard box and penalty spot)


  1. Approach - Their runs should be curved, one player heads for the front post, the other to the back. The player at the back should be slightly deeper and not square.
  2. Timing - The central players should look to arrive as the ball does and ideally not before it (and definitely not after it!)
  3. Attitude - Positive attitude towards scoring
  4. Technique - Included within technique are; 
    1. Accuracy - Players should not just focus on power. It is essential they hit the target in order to score. Therefore encourage accuracy first.
    2. Height - The height of any shot will be highly dependent on the positioning of the goalkeeper. If a chip or high shot is realistic then it should not be deterred. In general though, it is harder for goalkeepers to save low efforts and the possibility of rebounds back into the danger area occurring increases with low shots.
    3. Area of Goal - This should be based on the attacker’s observation. Far post generally, but once again this is highly dependent on the goalkeepers positioning. If aimed towards the back post then the possibility of rebounds back into the danger area increases and therefore enhances the chance of an attacker that is following up getting on the end of it.
    4. Disguise - Can you encourage the shooter to disguise their shot in order to conceal their true intentions and increase the possibility of scoring.
  5. Follow Ups - Team mates of the shooting player should be aware of any shots that may occur and be prepared to pounce on any rebounds or deflections that present themselves.
Additional Pointers for this Soccer Drill
  1. Passing - As the success of this session hinges on the completion of passes. Therefore all passes should be accurate, correctly weighted, at the appropriate height and timed correctly.
  2. Wide Passes - If possible can the passes out wide be in front of the receiver so that they can run onto the ball and get their head up to assess the situation as they move.
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