Crossing & Finishing | Tech / Skill (30-S1)

Phase 3: Finishing the Attack

Age Group 10+

Duration 60 minutes

Players 11+

This 2 part, 60 minute crossing and finishing football training session is suitable for players above 10 years of age and combines a technical drill with a skill practice.


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Crossing & Finishing | Technical Practice (30-P1)

Set Up / Organisation
Our Beckham based Crossing and Finishing theme, begins with this technical practice. Based on a 442 attacking situation, we begin with crosses from the right hand channel with a quick combination between full back and winger. 2 Strikers make crossover runs to attack the crosses in the box, before a second combination produces a cross at the opposite end for another 2 attacking players to attack. Work both sides to ensure you develop left and right footed crosses. Ensure you have enough pairs that allow play to be continuous (3 attacking pairs and 4 wide players).

30 P1a


30 P1b

Progressions & Constraints | 1
  • Add competition between all pairs of attacking players and goalkeepers, with points for goals, shots on target, effective crosses in certain areas and saves made.

30 P1c

Progressions & Constraints | 2
  • Develop crossing situations from the byline, encouraging cutbacks forcing attacking players to adjust their runs.

30 P1d

Key Individual Coaching Points
  • Crossing delivery using pitch areas as markers for players

30 P1e


30 P1f

Key Individual Coaching Points
  • Strikers movement and finishing technique must be detailed throughout.

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Crossing & Finishing | Skill Practice (30-P2)

Set Up / Organisation
Practice 2 of Theme 30 Crossing and Finishing is played in a 50 x 40 (alter for younger age groups), and focuses on wide players beating defenders to deliver crosses for 2 forwards against 2 defenders.

30 P2 1

  • We must work both sides to ensure attacking players develop balance in their movement.

30 P2 2

  • If defenders win their one v one in wide areas they can counter to finish in a central goal. If attackers are unsuccessful in beating defenders consistently, the coach can pass a ball into space for the wide player to deliver after the counter. If the central defenders win possession they must also counter into the central goal as shown.
Key Coaching Points
  • Encourage confidence in wingers and provide detail on their final ball in the ‘corridor of doom’, with strikers timing their movement to lose markers with crossover attacking the near and far post.