Cross and Finish

  • Organisation

    GK, Striker in Postion One, Striker in Position two, all other players are dribbiling around the cones till told to break and make the cross. 18 cones, 4 Poles, 2 Man dummies


  • Process

    Can be done on both ends of a full size Field

  • Tip

    Of course, the difficulty of this exercise will be increased accordingly. So it is possible for example that foreign players, the "break" between the two balls make shorter edge. The result is that the striker is forced to react even faster. Another possibility would be to hit the slopes too inaccurate or deliberately to impede the progress of the ball. Technical means are for example a ball or a swerve edge that sits just before the striker again. Around the premise of the "varied" to promote, could both flanks of the outer space are entered differently and in a sense constitute a "contrast".

    Example: From left flat pass the sharp touches again and after a "banana edge" from the other side. The whole exercise takes place in a circle. The group of 4 in both exterior beats the edge on the forward line and a long pass to the winger, who this pass quickly recovered and immediately transforms into a flank. Here too, could be increased by changing the assignment of time pressure for the acting player.

  • Field size

    Half Field with goals at each end


Feinting/trick dribbling, Trapping, Ballskill (Touch on the ball), Ball control, Passing, Dribbling, Shot technique/shooting

Goalkeeping techniques [Crossing/Owning the box, Goal kicks]


Wing play/Crossing

Defensive/Offensive play [One On One, Quick transitioning (offense to defense), Quick transitioning (defense to offense), One on one, Pushing]

Opening the field [Goal kicks]


Speed of movement off the ball


Quick decisioning, Coordination & Speed Training, Quick understanding of danger

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis, End, Progression


Training examples


Any, U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 10, Under 11, Under 13]


35 min

Number of Players:

6 - 9 players, > 10 players

Form of Training:

Goalkeeper training, Individual training, Group training, Team training

Participating Players:

Whole team


2 goalies


Alone training, Groups

Skill Level:

Beginner, Advanced, Professional, Any

Spatial Behavior:

Double penalty box, Limited playing field

Training Location:

Turf field, Grass field, Indoor, Asphalt

Author: John Auldridge

Similar exercises - Training set:

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Similar exercises - Duration:

35 Mins

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