Using Mannequins to Training Crossing

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s topic deals with using dummies (mannequins) to force more accurate crosses.

Let’s start with a simple crossing and finishing activity. A player starts out wide with a ball., another player starts out near the corner of the 18, on the far side. There is a keeper in goal.


The wide player dribbles toward the end line, cuts in and then crosses into the box for the runner to finish.


Simply by adding dummies (or corner flags, or coaches etc) we can force the passer and the runner to be more precise.


Now it’s not good enough to just serve the ball into the box and then have a runner react to it but instead, space has to be found between the dummies, runs must be timed etc.



An alternative to passing into spaces between the dummies is to pass over them.


Putting dummies into crossing and finishing activities forces the attacking players to be more precise and more focussed.

The next step, of course, is to substitute real defenders for the dummies but that is for another day.

Have a great day!


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By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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