Functional - Crossing and Finishing

Exercise description:

Set up on half a field as shown above.

If there is a need to involve higher numbers, use two


1. Play starts with a combination between the four central players around three mannequins. Play should
be one touch and ends with a pass out wide to the advancing wide player.

2. After the pass wide, the four central players make runs into the box. Front post, back post, penalty spot and the edge of the 18. The opposite wide player can also join in on the attack.

3. The wide player then crosses the ball into the box for a first-time finish by one of the advancing runners. The cross must be placed into a second six yard box.

4. Progress the practice to include different types of crosses: pull-backs, back-post lofts, front-post drives, flashes across the six-yard box.

Progress also to include different combinations in the central area.

Coaching points:

Realistic passing

Quality of movement into the box - explode into areas on the delivery

The delivery of the cross (second 6-yard box)

Intended outcome:

  • Fun - Players love crossing and finishing sessions.

  • Work on movement from the attacking four players.

  • The players understand to run into areas the 18 and then the player crossing the ball can choose that area knowing a teammate will be there.

  • Improve the Goal-keeper's confidence dealing with crosses.

  • Improve the speed of the attack.


Add a defender or two.

The midfielder passes to the wide players feet and the full-back overlaps

Technical / Tactical:

  • Body shape

  • Quality of passing and crossing

  • Timing of all runs.

  • Movement into the 18.

  • Shot at the goal.

  • Goal-keeper collect poor crosses.


  • Be ready to interact with teammates.

  • Communicate.

  • Applaud good play and work ethic from teammates.

  • Offer help if you understand the exercise

  • Have fun!


  • Always work at game speed

  • Be ready to explode into space after the initial movement.

  • Contact with defenders is expected.


  • Be ready to focus

  • Embrace failure.

  • Remember the instructions of the exercise. The runs are important.

  • Decision-making can only happen if we are open to finding answers.

  • Visualize playing in a game

Possible Performance Problems:

Players are not grasping the movement into the 18.

The timing of the runs. Players may get there too early.

Attack the second 6-yard area.

Lack of quality on the cross.