Cross - Finish Under Pressure

Chris Johnson 176,969 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

Attackers:

  • 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.

Defenders:

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

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