Megan Rapinoe has the skills to be a match winner

We all love having a match winner in our team – and that is what England will be facing in the semi-final of the Women’s World Cup in France.

Megan Rapinoe is the match winner standing in England’s way. She scored a goal in each half for the USA against hosts France in the quarter final, the first a low free-kick that went in through a crowd of players, the second a side-foot finish.

Rapinoe is now the joint top scorer in the tournament with five goals – alongside team-mate Alex Morgan, England’s Ellen White and Australia’s Sam Kerr.

The 33-year-old is the first player ever to score twice in consecutive Women’s World Cup knockout games, having also scored both in the 2-1 win over Spain.

Try these sessions to get your players scoring goals like Rapinoe does for USA.

Megan Rapinoe’s composure in front of goal has developed through putting herself in those positions time and time again on the training ground, and you can help your players do the same with my activity called Poacher. It’s a simple drill that gives strikers plenty of chances to score in the box with quick-fire balls coming in from all angles.

Follow up that drill by putting players in a match-like situation. Score one touch is a small-sided game that will test your strikers’ ability to put a ball away first time and under pressure.

And get your players practicing scoring from free kicks like the ones below.

Even if your strikers don’t develop into World Cup competitors, I’m sure you’ll find their confidence in front of goal will improve and that will reflect positively on the scoresheet!

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