How To Cross In Soccer
Learning how to cross a soccer ball is a fundamental skill in soccer, especially if you are a winger (also referred to as an outside midfielder). Crossing a soccer ball means pushing the ball from the outside of the pitch to the center. This is done in the box and not out on the field. The purpose is to place the ball in front of your oncoming center midfielder or strikers, just outside the goal. Crossing a soccer ball is done on the go, so your ball handling skills are very important to your success.
What you will need to cross a soccer ball:
- Soccer ball
- Comfortable clothing (preferably your soccer uniform)
- Soccer field (or a wide open space like a park)
Additional players (can be done solo but you get more out of it with a few friends)
Now let us look at the mechanics. Understand that crosses are different based on the scenario you are up against. For this article, we will work a winger against a fullback in a “most common” scenario.
- On offense, ball at your feet, work your way towards the goal.
- Keep good dribbling skills to maintain possession, balance and command for the soccer ball.
- As you approach the box, anticipate a location placement for the soccer ball, making casual eye contact with your oncoming team mates.
- Kick the soccer ball forward to a selected spot in the box, ahead of you and to an angle so that you have room to charge the soccer ball and make your kick.
- The idea is to attack the ball in such a way that you are square with the kick and facing directly across the field.
- The elevation of your kick as well as the “bend” will depend on the defender's position against your team mate. For example, tight coverage may require an elevated shot for a header attempt, or a ground level cross if your teammate is free. This will allow a hard, directional strike or the ability for him/her to play the ball off a dribble.
- Once your cross has been delivered, be sure to follow through, meaning take yourself to the goal to support any rebounds or mishandles by the goalie
- Next, celebrate your amazing cross with your teammate as you have led your team to a “scooooooore!"