Score goals from every position

During the pandemic break I’ve been watching a lot of replays of games, finals, tournaments and what is clear to me is that the scorers of important goals are not always strikers. The goals in these games come from all over the pitch – apart from the goalkeeper!

And guess what… kids love scoring goals. They all do. Before the lockdown this season one of my players who is in his third season with the club had never before scored a goal in a match. This season he scored 5. And he constantly tells me about it because he is thrilled.

And don’t kid yourself that you should have the best player up front. It is an important part of your team strategy that you do not rely on just one player to score for your team during the season.

If you want your team to score more goals then get everyone scoring using the sessions below:

Fast breaks from your teams’ own half of the pitch are great ways to create goal scoring opportunities. Five seconds to score puts players into situations where when they win the ball they have to shoot straight away.

There are also situations in matches where there are 1v1 or 2v2 battles to win. In Win the ball, score a goal you need your attacking players to take advantage of these situations to win the ball and fire a shot at goal.

One of the great sights in soccer is watching a centre-back storm out of defence into the opposition half with midfielders and attackers fanning out in front of them, creating chaos in the opposition defence. Team shape via central defenders will get young players doing the same.

Breakout and score is a great session for possession and speed of play in midfield, with quick ball speed important to replicate match situations. It also helps the movement of strikers to create space and works on their receiving skills.

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