Soccer Techniques - Basics

Chip Cross

The chip cross is mainly used for hard shots on goal and wide, high play.

In contrast to the “inside of the foot” pass, the chip cross is not recommended as much for near-distance passes. There is very little contact between the foot and the ball. Therefore, the ball is easily moved.

The chip cross is also suitable, amongst other things, for goalie deflection, clearance and volleying. Important note: whilst learning the technique, the power of the cross is of secondary importance, clean execution is what counts.


  • A. The ball is approached frontally. There is no leg bending.
  • B. The upper body is bent slightly over the ball.


  • 1. The supporting leg is on a level with the ball with the foot approximately one palm away from the ball. The toes are pointed in the direction of the shot.
  • 2. The body weight is shifted onto the supporting leg.
  • 3. The knee and hip joints are slightly bent. The supporting leg is flexible (cushioning).


  • 1. The kicking leg is bent at the hip and knee joints and followed through to the ball. If you do not observe this, the player will cut into the ground when the shot is made.
  • 2. The toes are stretched down and the ankle is fixed in place.
  • 3. The ball is hit using the instep of the foot.


  • 1. Bending on contact.
  • 2. kicking leg is not followed through.
  • 3. The knee of the kicking leg is not bent.
  • 4. The area of contact is off-centre.
Chip Cross - Basics