Crossing Finishing Session – Objective
After our hard work in our previous session for stamina and conditioning, today we will have a Crossing Finishing Session.
Every practice sessions starts with a light jog warm up and stretching.
- 5 minutes of light jog to activate our body muscles.
- It is followed by 2 minutes of stretching.
- Total: 7 minutes.
Crossing Finishing Session – Details and Stages
The US SOCCER curriculum its best practices is followed. This methodology consists of 4 stages within our crossing finishing session, focusing on progression throughout.
Crossing Finishing Session – Stage I WARM UP
- Warm up passing drill.
- Groups of 3 players, 1 ball, with cones 10 yards apart.
- Part I: Pass and move by following your pass, use both feet, left and right.
- Part II: running with the ball to the next player, getting at least 5-7 touches on the ball per switch.
- Part III: Quick one two pass and switch play.
- PROGRESSION: we increase the length of the ground pass to 15 to 20 yards.
- PROGRESSION II: we try to chip he ball to our team mate.
- PROGRESSION II: Quick one two pass and long chipped ball.
- Total: 25-35 minutes.
Crossing Finishing Session – Stage II SMALL SIDED ACTIVITY
- We implement pressure from the opponent, direction to goal and transition from attack to defense.
- The winger dribbles the ball between the cones, followed by a pass to the coach.
- The quick will play a one two pass for the cross.
- The two forwards will sprint away from goal, turn, and switch to near post or far post for the finish on goal.
- PROGRESSION: Add defenders to increase pressure (one or two defenders).
- Total: 20-25 minutes.
Crossing Finishing Session – Stage III EXPANDED SMALL SIDED ACTIVITY
- We require a slightly bigger field, and we have at least 1 big goal with a goalkeeper.
- Offside rule applies.
- We have bigger numbers on teams, 5v5 all the way up to 9v9, depending on the number of players at practice.
- We will have a challenge free zone where no defenders are allowed. this will give the wingers time to cross the ball.
- PROGRESSION: allow 1 or two defenders in the challenge free zone on the wing.
- Total: 15-25 minutes.
Crossing Finishing Session – Stage IV FULL GAME
- All rules apply as during a regular league game.
- Players try to implement the lessons learned from practice.
- We play a full game with all players involved.
- Total: 15-25 minutes.
Crossing Finishing Session – Coach Kevin Van Vreckem
Coach Kevin is part of the Boynton Knights FC Academy Program, who are partnered with Boca United Football Club.
They are operating under United Soccer Development Academy (USDA) as South Florida Football Academy.
Coach Kevin is from Belgium where he played at a decent level, he is a passionate and dedicate coach “for love of the game and kids”.
Appreciated and respected by many, therefore referrals available upon request.
Most importantly, thank you for reading my post about the Crossing Finishing session.
Please reach out to me if you have any special requests or topics for a soccer session. I will try and cover that in one of the future soccer session blog posts.
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Coach Kevin Van Vreckem
USSF National “D” License (2017)
Phone: (561) 654-0485