Early High Cross Diagram

Early High Cross

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  1. P1 rolls the ball out and plays a pass to P2 to begin the early high cross sequence. P1 then makes an overlapping run to the far post.
  2. P2 plays a diagonal ball to P3 who should already be in motion. P2 makes a run to the near post.
  3. P3 send an early High cross into the box. P1 or P2 must finish with a header or volley.

P2 can lay off to P1 in the box*
Allow the players to get creative in the box*
Add defenders and attackers as a progression*
Switch the flanks*

Coaching Points: Early High Cross

  1. Passing Triangle (weight, timing, accuracy of the pass).
  2. Game tempo.
  3. Quality first touch.
  4. Lift on the Cross.
  5. Clinical in the box.
  6. Harmonious Spirit.

Relevant Age Groups:

  • U9, U-9, Under 9, 9 and Under
  • U10, U-10, Under 10, 10 and Under
  • U11, U-11, Under 11, 11 and Under
  • U12, U-12, Under 12, 12 and Under
  • U13, U-13, Under 13, 13 and Under
  • U14, U-14, Under 14, 14 and Under
  • U15, U-15, Under 15, 15 and Under
  • U16, U-16, Under 16, 16 and Under
  • U17, U18, U21 and Older

Check out this exercise for “Switching the Play”.

Check out my eBook “50 Soccer Training Exercises” for more training session ideas.

Coaching Equipment:

  • 60 Cones
  • Coordination Tools – Hoops, Hurdles, Ladders
  • Tactical Board
  • Poles (Optional), Training Mannequins (Optional)
  • A Ball per Player
  • 3 Colours of bibs
  • A Watch
  • A Pump
  • Air Pressure Gauge
  • A Whistle (windy day).

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