How To Cross A Soccer Ball – Soccer Tips To Cross A Soccer Ball

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Hey guys. Matt here from Epic Soccer Training.
I want to teach you how to cross a soccer ball. OK, guys. This is one that you asked for so
I wanted to do it and I think more people need work on this too is learning how to cross
a soccer ball. I’m an avid tea and coffee drinker so I don’t know if you can see the
little teacups that are over there. Chas is pointing out one and then the one that’s just
beyond the PK mark which PK mark is 12 yards from the goal. That is basically your target area is you’re
aiming anywhere inside there. When you get to be a little bit more of an advanced play,
you can kind of move that one back because people can take full volleys from 25 yards
out and score. I like getting the ball way back there personally and taking a full volley
but I want to teach you kind of where you should be aiming because one of the first
things is to learn where I should actually put the ball. The reason why you don’t want to put the ball,
for the most part obviously sometimes you will have a low-driven ball and somebody will
be running in on the six and giving a quick header. But one of the reasons why is because
the goalie can come out. He can obviously get higher than anybody else, jumping and
punching the ball out. So you want to kind of tend to keep it away
from him and I would say the further in you go, the lower and more driven ball you should
have. Again, if you check out the ping soccer video that will be up, you will see that you
want that low line drive. So this is kind of where you’re aiming. Now
there are two types of ways you can basically cross the ball. One is you’re going to just
be coming on the ball and you’re going to be kind of pinging which is that low-driven
ball for somebody coming in which is really great because when you’re a striker, you will
know that you love having those balls driven in. So you can come around and get more power
with a volley or let it come through your leg and hitting it like that. So that’s one that I like doing. I like learning
how to ping a soccer ball and again, just to give you the quick basics on that, it’s
just a quick chop here on the inside of the ball. So come at it from a little bit of an
angle. Have your plant foot maybe a foot out and just come on the inside of the ball towards
the sweet spot. So you’re going from the center maybe an inch over and what that’s going to
do is it’s going to make it go straight and give it that little backspin. So see how you
got that backspin there? Oh, you got to give him some credit. He has got a blown knee and
he’s out here so thumbs him up for that. The next one that I want to teach you is one
you will see a lot in European play which is the in-swinger. If you’re a left mid, most
likely if you’re a left winger like I had played for a lot, a long time and I loved
it, but you would play these in-swingers. So if you’re naturally left-footed, unless
you’re playing Dutch, give it up for the Dutch here, a lot of times they will actually put
right-footed players on the left side so that they can kind of go to goal and take shots
and move inward but you can see over there. I will explain this one. So what you want to do is come on the ball
at more of an angle because you’re going to want to get that spin. The reason why it’s
great to have lefties on the left side of the field is because when you get the spin
going this way, it’s easier for someone to come around or when it’s spinning like this,
this is what I mean, when it’s in-swinging like this, it’s spinning perfect so it will
hit flush on your head or whatever part you’re taking the ball with and it’s going to go
more straight whereas if it was swinging in like this going this way, when you hit it,
it’s going to keep having spin and it’s a lot harder to deal with with anybody who’s
on goal and obviously if you’re taking a cross, you want to score. You want to have a good
assist. So hopefully my mic won’t fall off here but
you’re coming at the ball a little bit more and then see how you got that spin there and
you’re going to want to obviously kick it with a little more power in the air. So I
will show you that here because you’re going to want to get it to him. But again, you’re going to want to try and
put some good spin on it. So see, that’s pretty much right at the area because you got to
take in account Chas is not going to be just standing there. He’s going to be working towards
the goal. So you want to try and put it right in front of where he is going to be. So Chas, make a little dummy run towards the
front post. So again, if he’s coming in, now it’s a little bit out wide. That’s where I
lead it. So if he’s coming in again and I want to kind of curve the ball, he’s coming.
I feel so bad. He has got one leg. So anyway, that’s kind of the basics but I
love doing the in-swingers. One of the reasons why I love doing the in-swingers is because
it kind of tricks the goalie because a lot of times when it’s curving like this, the
goalie is going to second guess. He’s going to come out. He will be coming
this way. As the ball is coming through, he’s going to think, I can get it. Oh, maybe I
can’t, and then he’s kind of in no man’s land where you can head the ball over. They can
head it over near a post or something like that. So again, really focus on driving the
ball because you don’t want to have this ball where it’s just sitting in the air and everybody
is just kind of waiting for it and then the defenders can get in the position. You’re
trying to get people out of position and then as you get a little bit better, really challenge
yourself. You’re going to want to take a step and then
come across. Even that was like a little high. Pretty windy. So again, you want to kind of
work at it from that perspective. So I just want to teach you the basics of how to cross
a soccer ball. Those are kind of the two ways you can do it but also you want to talk to
your forwards as well and let them know where you actually want the ball. For me, I know I love getting a cross because
I was a smaller guy. I was 5’8 and when I was in high school, I was like 5’3 or 5’2.
I loved having really driven low liners. They were really pinged so I liked it when it was
even coming in like that. But again, just take into account of where the forward is,
where they’re going to be. Try and put the ball to where they’re going to be so when
they’re coming on it, they’re coming on it with full force. So again that’s how to cross a soccer ball.
I hope you liked it. If you got any questions, let me know. If you want to know maybe some
different techniques or what you’re having trouble with, let me know. I will be more
than happy to help you out and don’t forget to like, subscribe, to get updates and if
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see you guys in the next lesson. That was a good one.

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