In this series of posts, we share with you some drills and session plans for you to apply to your training sessions.
Today’s activity is focused on crossing and attacking from wide areas. It will allow for a good number of repetitions to allow players to focus on delivering high-quality crosses.
The video below by Unisport is a really useful one to show your players. It demonstrates 3 types of crosses that they could try within this activity. If you do decide to show them this video, then actively encourage them to produce any of these 3 types, maybe rewarding players/teams that do with extra goals for quality crosses.
I have used today’s activity a few times across teams within the 13-16 age group. It’s one that I’ve also used as a matchday warm-up, you can do the same, just make sure you have sufficient equipment and a set-up that allows for maximum participation and little inactivity time.
There are elements to the exercise that you may want to adapt and adjust, for example, you may start with the condition that as soon as the defenders won possession of the ball, the attack is over. This would allow for quick waves, however, you lose an aim and objective for the defenders, although, you can always add that in again late.
Another thing you may want to adjust is the condition of every attacker touching the ball in zones 1 and 2. Instead, you could add a condition on the number of passes, e.g. 5 passes in each zone before you can progress. This will solve a situation where your defender is fully aware of what player needs to touch the ball, and cheat the practice.
Feel free to adapt the numbers and scale the spaces depending on what you have.
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Please don’t take the drill sources as gospel, we’ve tried to credit drills, especially those we’ve seen elsewhere, alternatively if that’s not possible, we’ve credited the coach that has put on that version of that drill. Please get in touch, using the comments section below if there’s another source.