Shots on goal from crosses

  • Organisation

    The goalkeeper is in goal. One or more players (winger) stand with the balls to the side, but in line with, the penalty area. One or more players (striker) stand in the middle, but in line with the penalty area (see image). If no field players are available then the goalkeeper and/or the trainer takes over the position.
  • Process

    The winger brings a flank player from the left into the penalty area which is used by the striker. The goalkeeper has the opportunity to intercept the cross or to save the approaching balls. He should always alternative the cross between left and right. Passing option 1: goalkeeper moves from his home position and intercepts the ball. Passing option 2: goalkeeper doesn’t move to the wing and dives for the striker’s first time shot in the corner to the bal. Resources: 1 field goal
  • Tip

    Basic performance for crosses from the side: - The goalkeeper positions himself in the middle of the goal (1-2 steps in front of the goal line), looking in the direction of the passing player. Due to his side positioning it is possible for him to run forward quickly in the direction of the first post. Likewise, he’s in a beneficial position to run to the goal box or the far post. - For each cross the goalkeeper must estimate whether he can intercept or whether it would be better to wait on the line. - If the goalkeeper decides to intercept the cross he must start with a tackle with the striker. In other words he has to forcefully and consistently get to the ball to intercept at the highest possible point. - If he decides to wait on the line, and this is clear to the striker, the aim is to hold onto the ball. If he’s unable to do this the ball should be discarded to the side. - Just before ball contact from the shot the goal keeper jumps forwards or takes a step forward, spreads his arms out to the side, bends his knees a bit and stands on the balls of his feet. His feet should point in the direction of the shooter and are about shoulder width apart. His upper body should be bent forward slightly and eyes fixed on the ball.
  • Field size

    50x 25 meters


Trapping, Dribbling, Ballskill (Touch on the ball)

Headers [Heading while in motion]

Passing [Inside of the foot passing]

Shot technique/shooting [Volley, Inside of the foot, Outside of the foot, Laces, Inside of the laces passing]

Goalkeeping techniques [Crossing/Owning the box]


Positional play

Wing play/Crossing [Wing play without opponents]


Speed of movement with ball, Speed of movement off the ball

Strength [Power & Speed, Leaping power, Leaping strength]


Quick decisioning, Quick processing, Quickness of reaction, Quick understanding of danger, Quick anticipation

Training Set:

Main point/Emphasis


Game Systems [Building an attack over the wings]


U14 - U19

U6 - U13 [Under 13, Under 12, Under 11, Under 10, Under 09]


30 min

Number of Players:

1 - 5 players [3 players, 4 players, 5 players]

6 - 9 players [6 players]

Form of Training:

Group training, Goalkeeper training, Individual training, Individual training

Participating Players:

Goalie, Forwards


1 goalie, 5 goalies


Goalkeeper behaviors, Alone training, Alone training, Groups

Skill Level:


Spatial Behavior:

Limited playing field

Training Location:

Turf field, Grass field, Asphalt

Author: Easy2Coach EN GmbH

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