Cross - Finish Under Pressure

Chris Johnson 199,644 Views Rating 4.08 (120 Reviews)

This crossing and finishing drill is excellent for focusing on crossing and finishing under pressure. It is also a great drill to improve the player's fitness level.

Soccer Drill Diagram: Cross - Finish Under Pressure

Cross and Finish, Crossing Under Pressure, Finishing Under Pressure

Crossing and finishing drill focusing on crossing and finishing under pressure. It is also a great drill to improve the player's fitness level.
Drill Setup

  1. This drill will require the attacking third of the field with a full-size goal and a goalkeeper.
  2. Split the team up evenly among each of the four cones positioned near midfield, as seen in the diagram.
  3. There should be a large supply of balls at the cone of player 1.
Drill Instructions

  1. Player 1 plays a firm ball into the corner of the field for player 3 to run onto.
  2. As player 3 leaves his cone, player 4 also leaves his cone to pressure player 3. Player 4 is looking to deny the cross.
  3. Player 2 also leaves to defend player 1 on the cross.
  4. Player 3 crosses the ball into player 1, who attempts to finish on goal.
  5. Rotate players so that they play both offense and defense on all of the spots.
Drill Variations

  • N/A
Drill Coaching Points


  • Play a firm ball to get the ball deep in the area near the end line.
  • Crosser has a quick but quality prep touch and crosses from the outside.
  • Runners must time their runs and anticipate the flight of the cross. You don't want the runners in too quickly and standing. If they get there too soon, have them rotate out and back into the service area.


  • Sprint to close down the crosser quickly while getting to the inside position.
  • Track runners and get inside position.
  • Clear balls up and outside.

Top Rated Soccer Drills

7v7 Scrimmage

Chris Johnson 153,912 Views Rating 4.4 (5 Reviews)
It's always good to finishing a soccer training session with a 7 vs. 7 scrimmage to focus on team play.

Sharks and Minnows

Chris Johnson 558,613 Views Rating 4.3 (166 Reviews)
The Sharks and Minnows dribbling drill focuses on using the body to protect the ball by placing their body in between the ball and the defender.

1v1 Diamond Shooting Drill

Chris Johnson 477,598 Views Rating 4.3 (10 Reviews)
Spice up your shooting combination drill by finishing with a 1v1 to goal. Add a fun little twist, and the kids love it.

Pirates of the Pugg

John Bychok 706,111 Views Rating 4.27 (384 Reviews)
This drill is an excellent drill for younger players ages 8-11 and focuses on dribbling technique in traffic which requires vision and awareness.

Alien Tag Soccer Game

Chris Johnson 335,354 Views Rating 4.27 (11 Reviews)
Alien tag is a great Under 4 soccer game for 3, 4, 5, and 6 year-olds. Your kids will like flying around and crashing in their spaceship.

4v4 Soccer to a Small Gate

Chris Johnson 241,176 Views Rating 4.24 (75 Reviews)
4v4 in soccer is the smallest game focusing on all aspects of a full sided soccer match.

The Flag Game - Dribbling in Tight Spaces

Chris Johnson 193,503 Views Rating 4.23 (48 Reviews)
The flat game soccer drill is designed to focus on young soccer players learning to dribble in tight spaces.

Four Corners Passing Game

Chris Johnson 783,102 Views Rating 4.2 (284 Reviews)
The Four Corners Soccer Passing Game is a great soccer passing drill to focus on changing the point of the attack, and timing of runs and passes.

1v1 Competition

Chris Johnson 333,459 Views Rating 4.2 (147 Reviews)
This drill is great to focus on 1v1 play. It is flexible and can be used to work on the offensive side or the defensive side.


Chris Johnson 681,737 Views Rating 4.18 (268 Reviews)
A FUN soccer drill for younger players (U6, U7, and U8) to introduce dribbling, looking up and correctly striking the ball at a target.