Football/Soccer Session (Academy Sessions): CROSSING, DISTRIBUTION AND SPEED OFF THE LINE

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Eddie Wallace

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Eddie  Wallace
Name: Eddie Wallace
City: Nenagh
Country: Ireland
Membership: Adult Member
Sport: Football/Soccer


An exercise designed to improve gathering crosses and reaction at speed to loose balls.

Football/Soccer Session Plan Drill (Colour): Screen 1

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Screen 1 (10 mins)


Three players and 1 goalkeeper.  3 footballs

·        Player 1 crosses the ball to Keeper placed on six yard line. Keeper gathers coming

    forward and accurately throws back to player 1

·        Player 2 repeats full process on the other side.

·        Player 3 then rolls a ball to any location along the cone line located at 11 metres.       Keeper must react at speed to the rolled ball, slide and gather at pace before or as ball     ball crosses the 11m cone line.

Optional extra:  

1.  GK may return the gathered ball after action 3 and face an immediate shot going backwards from player 3. 

2.  GK receives pass from server 3 and controls and clears to target 30-40m away.   

Coaching Points:

·        This exercise combines handling, distribution and reactions to through balls or loose                balls.

·        Am I switched on?

.   Assess, Assess and Commit to the cross.  Take a split second to judge the ball flight. Is          my timing right or do I need to re-adjust? Am I negotiating traffic with other players? Call     early for the ball and fully commit to gathering the cross.

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