Soccer Channel 1v1 with Cross Training Drill

Channel 1v1 with Cross

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Basic Information

Age Group (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players 8+
Difficulty Medium-Hard
Time 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • 1 goal with goalie
  • pinnies
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • first player with the ball attempts to dribble through cone goal and then cross the ball towards the
  • middle as shown
  • the defenders must stay on their goal line and move only sideways
  • next player repeats sequence from the other side
  • switch roles often


  • passive defenders
  • add a defender in front of the goal to defend the cross
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • body mechanics and control of body
  • body position and balance
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • get defender off balance
  • change of speed and direction

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