Attacking the End Line Crossing Game

Attacking the End Line, Crossing Drill, Crossing Game

Published 12/7/2005 12:00:00 AM
Author: Chris Johnson
Attacking the End Line Crossing Game

Drill Objective:

This drill focuses on attacking from the end line from the flanks and serving a ball in. This is a great crossing game to isolate the flank players and getting them to serve the ball in front of the goal.

Drill Setup:

  1. Using half of a field, move the goal to the midfield line facing the goal on the end line. 
  2. Using 4-5 cones on each side, create a 10-yard wide channel along each touchline. 
  3. Two teams of 4 play in the middle. 
  4. Each team has one player in the channel and a goalkeeper in both nets. 
  5. One team starts with the ball and the remaining balls behind the goal.

Drill Instructions:

  1. Instruct the players to play 4v4 in the middle area and 1v1 on the flanks in either channel.
  2. The ball must be served from a channel to score a goal.
  3. When the ball is in the channel, the channel players should play 1v1 until one of the player’s breaks into the offensive side of the channel. 
  4. At this point, the defender should allow the cross. 
  5. The four players in the middle make near post, far post, trail, and supporting runs. 

Drill Coaching Points:

  • Proper service of crosses from flanks. When to serve on the ground, when to knock back, and when to drive hard.
  • Make sure attackers are making proper runs.

Drill Variations

  • Increase or decrease the number of players in the middle
  • Use wall passes, takeovers or overlaps.
  • Rotate channel players.

Titled: Attacking the End Line Crossing Game
Tagged: Attacking the End Line, Crossing Drill, Crossing Game

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