Hassan Sunny: How to deal with crosses

Ever wondered how goalkeepers deal with those ever-present crosses that so commonly lead to scoring opportunities?

It’s an all-too familiar sight in football the world over – the opposition gets the ball free on the wings, a good cross is whipped in and it leads directly to a goal.

So what can the goalkeeper do to try to mitigate against the danger posed by these crosses, either from set pieces or open play?

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We asked Singapore and Army United goalkeeper Hassan Sunny to talk us through the ways he deals with crosses and developed the skills that led to him becoming a two-time winner of the ASEAN Football Championship.

“You must be in a good position and at an angle,” Hassan explains. “If the cross is too high, that’s my job to collect the ball at its highest point.

“Once I make my decision, I need to be committed one hundred per cent.

“So if I decide to punch the ball, I need to punch the ball. If I decide to catch, I need to make a clean catch.”

Hear about these techniques and many more in this exclusive training video, shot at Jalan Besar Stadium.

Izwan Mahbud and Hassan Sunny both wear Sells Wrap Elite Aqua goalkeeping gloves. To find out more about Sells gloves check them out on Facebook.

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