GK Dealing With Crosses | Tech (34-P1) 


Set Up
8 players (incl. GK) arranged 2 Attackers, 2 Defenders, plus 3 Servers (right & left foot mix if possible). Quarter pitch incorporating full width & penalty area with appropriate size goal, as illustrated. Discs to mark-off far post area, supply of balls by S’s. Main priority is to defend goal and collect crosses effectively.
Practice starts with GK taking realistic start position in goal & S’s cross balls in rotation to near & far post areas. S’s provide a variety of in-swinging & out-swinging crosses. Assess flight of ball & make decision to collect or allow D’s to deal with it.  
Duration | 20 minutes
Age Group | 9+
Players | 8+
Key Coaching Questions
  • How can you read the flight of the ball for crosses early?
  • How quickly can you adjust your feet to the flight of the ball? 
  • How can you be confident when you come to collect crosses, especially when attackers and defenders introduced?
  • Focus on speed of distribution when collecting?
Technical Detail
  • Confidence on collecting crosses and in getting above players.
  • Early reading of crosses through quick thinking adjusting to the flight of the ball.
  • Awareness of coach or receiver when distributing ball.
  • Communicate effectively with teammates, breeding confidence in defenders as well.
  • Prepare quickly for next delivery and refocus on previous steps.