Small-Sided Game For Crossing and Finishing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on possession, crossing and finishing.

This activity uses half a field. Have a 30 x 44 grid just outside the top of the D with a 4 v 4 plus 1 neutral (numbers can be changed). There is also a neutral player out wide on each side. There is a keeper in goal.


The players inside the grid are trying to keep possession and are trying to make 5 consecutive passes (the neutral player is always on offense). Once a team makes 5 consecutive passes (passes to the neutral player inside the grid counts) they can play the ball out wide to either neutral player.


As soon as the ball goes out to a neutral player any and all players can leave the grid. The team that made the pass is trying to score and the other team tries to defend. The neutral player is limited to either one or two touches. If they go with one touch it will most likely be an early serve to a runner.

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If the neutral player takes two touches their first touch will most likely be down toward the end line to give the runners time to get in the box


Once the play is dead, everyone goes back to their starting point (inside or outside the grid) and they start again.

The objective here is to keep possession then exploit the space on the outside and work on runs in the box to finish the cross.

Play the game for 10 minutes with players rotating as the neutral players.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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