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Secrets to Soccer, Secrets to Sports

Online Coaching
and Training Platform
Football/Soccer

The S2S tool offers:
For the Coach:
  • a library with practices, readymade sessions and other resources
  • prepare soccer training sessions, season and development plans
  • game management
  • communication system
  • reports and statistics for teams and players
  • design tools to prepare own drills
  • information to parents
For the Player:
  • training better at home
  • being prepared for the training sessions
  • log book per season and accumulated
For the Management:
  • overview all coaching and training activities
  • field scheduling
  • equipment management
  • quality assurance
  • information system
Now also includes:
Readymade training sessions per age group
with selected favorite drills
Product upgrades are included in the price

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Attacking play - Crosses - late crosses
Below you will find one of the totally 156 soccer skills that are presented in the S2S tool.
In the ARCHIVE we have selected 50 of the most fundamental skills and drills for youth and grassroots.
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Demonstration practice
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Drill practices, Game practices and Practice at home, as well as more general coaching points ("Secrets").
Organization
Practise late crosses, four attackers against two defenders, in front of the goal and goalkeeper. One attack at a time including rebounds. Take turns performing the various attacking roles and being semi-active defenders.
Learning
Hit late crosses from both flanks. Use e.g. v-runs and blind-side runs before finishing.
Variations
Two players take turns hitting crosses. Fewer or more defenders who, in the end, are fully active.
Coaching points (here we call them SECRETS):
  • When the ball is close to the goal-line and you hit a cross, this is known as a late cross
  • However, there is no exact boundary between early and late crosses
  • When you look up, you will see when, where and how you should hit the late cross
  • If you see a team-mate who is free in front of the goal, you should of course try to reach that player
  • Of course, you should do this regardless of which area your team-mate is heading towards
  • Otherwise, you can hit the cross to one of the four scoring areas
  • The near-post area or the far-post area
  • The area around the penalty spot or the shooting area by the edge of the box
  • If there are many players in the way, you will usually have to hit high crosses to reach the scoring area
  • With late crosses, it is usually most difficult for the defenders when you try to reach the far-post area
  • It is particularly difficult for the goalkeeper to reach crosses beyond the far post
  • The goalkeeper will normally be in the front part of the goal prior to late crosses
  • When crosses are hit to the far-post area, the goalkeeper has to move backwards quickly
  • If the attackers have run properly, most of the defenders will also be moving forwards
  • A cross to the far-post area will therefore be extremely problematic for the defenders
  • When you receive the ball in the far-post area from a late cross, you can often finish yourself
  • There may be an open path towards the goal, and the goal may often be relatively unguarded
  • However, it is occasionally good to play the ball back in front of the goal instead
  • Feel free to hit late crosses low and hard towards the near-post area or straight in in front of the goal
  • Low crosses are particularly good when they are hit in behind your opponents' back line
  • The more players moving in at speed in front of the goal, the greater the chance of reaching the ball
  • The attackers should ideally be moving at high speed
  • In the case of late crosses, the attackers will often have time to make v-runs before the ball arrives
  • They can then move behind the backs of the defenders and suddenly dodge forwards
  • The defenders will then have difficulty keeping up
  • With v-runs, it is often easy for you to dodge towards the ball at the right moment
  • You can then run towards the ball
  • It is then easy to change the direction of the run if necessary
  • This is good, for instance, when the ball comes to the side of you e.g. further out than expected
  • For more information, read the skills on runs and positions in front of goal following crosses
  • Crosses should ideally be hit at high speed
  • They should be difficult for the goalkeeper to reach
  • Crosses swerving away from the goal are more difficult for the goalkeeper, and also result in high speed finishes
  • Learn to recognise when and how you should hit late crosses
  • Also learn to recognise when and how you should find scoring positions from late crosses
  • Practise hitting late crosses at various heights and with various ball contacts from both flanks
  • Learn to hit late crosses when you are moving at high speed, as this causes problems for your opponents
  • In order to succeed with late crosses and finishing, you need a good technique
  • The technique for crossing, shooting and heading can be found on the Individual technique 1 video