Crossing/Finishing Drill

This crossing and finishing drill focuses on attacking within the 18 yard box. This soccer drill mainly focuses on crossing, shooting, and heading.

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Crossing and Finishing Soccer Drill


  1. Create five lines across the field about 5 yards from the penalty area. 
  2. Place your crossing players on the outside lines and your attacking central players in the middle three lines. 
  3. Instruct the middle three lines to attack a particular area of the goal (i.e.,. back-post, near-post).


  1. The first player in the crossing line steps out in front of the lines facing the crossers to become a passing player. 
  2. The next player in the crossing line is the crosser. 
  3. The crosser passes the ball to the passing player who plays the ball back to the crosser. 
  4. The crosser then plays a ball (to himself) past the passing player into the corner of the field. 
  5. He then sprints past the passer and crosses his pass into the middle players who should be running onto the cross. 
  6. The crosser now becomes the passing player and play repeats. 
  7. Alternate the crosses from the right and left sides.

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  • Play in 1-touch on every ball.
  • Add defensive players in the middle of the field to create defensive pressure.
  • Specify the requested finishing style (ie. score on headers, volleys)
  • Have the crossers drive the ball low.
  • Have the crossers drive the ball in hard.

Coaching Points

  • Focus on proper body position from the crossing players assuring they are getting their hips facing the middle of the field.
  • Make sure attackers are properly timing their runs and not getting in too quick or too slow.
  • Finishers should be composed in front of the goal and look to redirect the ball past the keeper.

Equipment Required

  • Disc Cones
  • Soccer Practice or Training Balls
  • Full Size Goal

Drill Target Ages

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17 and Older

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Soccer Drill Titled: Crossing/Finishing Drill
Tagged: Crossing and Finishing Soccer Drill
Published by: Chris Johnson
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