7 steps to better goal scoring

Often watching replays on TV they don’t show you the steps that make up where the goal came from. You want to see where the ball was won or how the team kept possession right up the pitch. In the Women’s World Cup at the weekend there was a replay of a goal but how did the player get the ball in the position she was in before she crossed the ball? Did she win it or dribble or receive a pass? I wanted to know!

Coming away from the U15s tournament my team played in I was thinking about a couple of the moves that led to goals. I am always looking beyond the final pass or shot to the move that resulted in a goal. You can learn a lot from just recalling what went on for the goal.

Where was the ball won – was it a counter attack or did the goalie play out from the back? Did we force a mistake or was there a good interplay to create space that we exploited.

One of the goals was more or less a lovely high tempo pass from a defender – who had won the ball breaking down an opposition attack – out wide to our winger.

She player went on a great run bursting past the wingback out wide and cutting inside once she hit the final third. As defenders rushed back and her team mates caught up I thought she should pass the ball… but she proved me wrong, cut inside, and unleashed a great shot from just inside the penalty area into the top corner.

Wow. At the end of the game, I listed the skills that went into making that move and that goal possible:

1. An interception
2. Good control
3. An effective dribble
4. The decision to go it alone… the right one
5. The ability to look up to see where the goal was
6. Moving the ball to a position where it could be hit
7. Shooting with power and direction

That’s a considerable list for a 15-year-old to process whilst on the run.
But if I look back over the past couple of months, as a team we have practiced counter-attacks, performed 1v1 decision-making, and played out drills that use control of the ball, dribbling and shooting.

So when I think about it, any one of my players should have the skills to score that sort of goal. For me, the best part of the move was the interception that started it all off.

Try getting your players to score great goals over and over again until it comes naturally to them with this Gale force goals session.

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