Test your soccer players shooting prowess

Rate your soccer players’ shooting prowess with this three-shot test that calls for speed, touch, accuracy and confidence. Can they hit the top corners and score maximum points or will they play safe?

The Didier Drogba challenge

This soccer shooting drill is named this after a soccer striker who shoots from all over the pitch – long range, short range and every angle you can image. He has been successful for club and country, and provided some memorable moments in his career.

Didier Drogba challenge

How to set it up

  • You will need six poles (or cones), a stopwatch and timesheet.
  • Starting on the 18-yard line, place three poles two yards apart lined up with the goalposts. Repeat in line with the other post.
  • Put three balls on the 18-yard line, one in the middle, one to the left and one to the right.

Getting started

  • Starting in the middle, the player flicks the ball into the air, keeping it up twice.
  • On the third kick, he volleys at goal, trying to achieve the highest score he can.
  • He then runs to the ball on the right, passing it toward the goal with a good weight so they can weave through the poles to get on the end of his pass. He should shoot across goal with his right foot aiming for the far corner.
  • The player then runs back to the remaining ball, repeating the process on the left side.
  • He should end with a left-footed shot into the opposite corner.

How to score

  • Back of the net = one point
  • Side netting inside the goal = two points
  • Top corner = three points

How to advance the session

  • To keep this move fresh, move the poles further away from goal so that players can shoot from greater distances.
  • Later, add a goalkeeper into the equation. Can your players still find the high-scoring areas of the goal?

This session is from Soccer Coach Weekly.