Category number: 34
Theme name: GK Dealing With Crosses
Type: Technical
Phase: 6
Age: 9
Number of Players: 8
Duration: 20
Part: 1
Level: 1
Skill: Goalkeeping
Skill2: Handling
Skill3: Crossing
Category custom Id: Practice
Home Page Animation: 250110890
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GK Dealing With Crosses | Tech (34-P1) 

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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.
Article Description 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.