Defending crosses as a back 4 – 1. COMP 1


PLAYERS: SPACE: INTENSITY:
TIME: REPETITIONS: REST:

The aim here is to bed in the 2 centre backs defending a cross.

The ball starts wide with a pass into a 2v1 in the channel and the two trying to cross to 1 striker. Defenders deal with the cross and there is a target player (show in between cones but can move to wider areas once play is alive) who they can aim to hit if they deal with the cross and can then play out. If the wide defender who is attempting to stop the cross wins the ball they can also hit this target player.

Rotations should be pretty simple as every role is in twos. Work for a period of time as the feeder, then become the 2v1, then become defender trying to swap the cross, then the centre backs, then the target players. Every station has 2 players. Or keep it position specific to work with your team

Progression:

The feeder on opposite side comes in to create 2v2 in the box


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By David Baird

Scottish Football Development Officer with over 10 years experience in coaching a range of different ages and ability levels from recreational teams to academy players to semi professional adults.

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