COACHING SESSION: GETTING TO THE GOAL-LINE & CROSSING 3
 

1) The server plays the ball into the attacker who is marked from behind. The attacker must turn and beat the defender and get to the goal-line in order to cross.

2) Here, he manages to cross the ball in after successfully eliminating his opponent.

3) Meanwhile, the server has moved into the box, followed by another defender. He loses his marker and is first to the cross and scores. The players are then replaced and the session repeated.

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Organisation:
- Half football field + normal size goal.
- Group of attackers & defenders + goalkeeper.
 
Variations:

- Add more defenders & attackers and vary size of playing surface, change to other side of pitch (to use other foot).
- Alternate the players with each one defending and attacking.
- Award points, e.g. when the cross is prevented or successful or when a goal is scored.
- See variation 1 & variation 2.

 
Tips:
- Concentrate on the initial pass and on the delivery of the cross (in front of the player for him to easily run onto, speed, flight, angle) and the quality of the shot always aiming to hit the target.
- Concentrate on the dribbling technique using the inside and outside of both feet, use sudden changes of speed and direction along with body feints. The player should attack at speed with close control and try to take the most direct route possible towards the goal-line. Finally, the supporting player must aim to provide good off the ball movement.
 

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