Dealing With Balls Near the Crossbar

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on high balls played toward the crossbar.

It’s not unusual before a training session to see a few players lined up anywhere from 18 - 40 yards out with balls.


They are playing a game called “cross bar” where they take turns chipping the ball toward the goal with the objective of hitting the cross bar with their chip. The first one to hit the cross bar wins.


Players seem to love this game because it allows them to “show off” their skill with very little pressure.

Why not add a keeper to this activity and actually them to get something out of it? You could have the keeper start outside the 6 yard box and have to get back to keep the ball out of the goal and off the cross bard



A goal might count as 1 point and a cross bar counts as 5. The first player to 6 wins. The keeper has to get outside the 6 before the next player goes.

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By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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