Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): Individualised - Wide players crossing

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Andrew Kelly
Name: Andrew Kelly
City: Wrexham
Country: United Kingdom
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer
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Topic - Individualised - Wide players crossing

2 minute blocks - 1 minute rest. Game Day -3.

This topic is aimed at wingers who are struggling with the decision making when in the right position. When and how to cross.

Set up

Winger on the inside of the channel, approx 10 yards from the centre circle

2 goals set up -

- One on the edge of the six year box (simulating a low driven cross across the box)

- one on the edge of the area (simulating a drag back to the edge of the box to a CM or number 10)

Goals can be set up anywhere in the box depending on what type of crossing your want to coach your players, but for this session, low and hard crosses are the key foxus point to get across.

Assistant coach (or helper/injured player) between the goals to help with decision)

Session

To start the session the winger will recieve the ball. A maniquin is placed in a small 10 x 10 area which the winger needs to beat.

How does the winger beat the maniquin? 1 v 1 or using the server to bounce the pass around

Once the winger has travelled through the box, the decision is made by the assistant coaches position. Depending on which goal the coach stands in, the winger must score in the empty goal.

Key Coaching points

Once the player beats his 1 v 1, the winger must look up to see the movement of the coach to decide which cross to choose. The coach can move early or as late as possible, so the winger must keep his head up to look at the moment of the coach.

This is then repeated with all your wingers to continue making key decisions when to cross and which cross.

This can be simulated on both sides to help both left and right wingers.


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Variation 2 - beating the full back 1 v 1.

Session starts with a Maniquin which can be later replaced by a player acting as a full back for realism.


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Variation 2

Remove goals and manquins in the box and replace with 2 oppostion CB and 2 attacking players. 2 goals on the half way line to give red team scoring opportunites and make it competitive.

Ball starts on the halfway line with a server who plays into one of the attacking players.

The ball is then played out wide and we go live in play.

First question for the winger is how does the winger beat the full back?

Once the full back is beaten, which type of cross does he choose.

Coach the 2 attacking players to make runs into the box near the 6 yard area or hold back on the edge of the area.

At any time the ball is won by the reds, they attack the 2 goals on the halfway line and try and score. Wingers has to try and get back after losing possession of the ball.

To keep it compeitive and rewarding, 2 points for the blues for a goal via a cross, 1 point for a goal for the blues and 1 for the reds in any goal. Rewarding the blues for scoring with a cross.


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