Start scoring more goals!

It can be a frustration when your players take their chances in training, but fail to do so when they play a match. To help mitigate this problem, I am always using sessions to help all my players to score goals, so if one player is off colour in a match there is always another one to score the goals.

In the matches my teams played this week, there was some excellent passing and movement from both the opposition and my team – especially in the U9 age group. The opposition at the weekend had an excellent first half against my team and will have felt a little unlucky to go in losing 3-2 at half time – they had more chances than us.

Two quick goals from my team just after half time was enough to knock the wind out of our opponents sails… not taking chances can be a huge psychological blow and so it proved in this case. Players heads drop and the end of the game can’t come quickly enough.

That is very difficult to control as a coach on the side of the pitch. The best way to do it is to make sure your teams take their chances and put their opponents under greater pressure.

Scoring more goals is always a highlight of any season, but if your team is struggling to score them I have four sessions to help coach players to take and make more chances.

Having possession of the ball is one thing but making use of that possession and creating goals is another. A great session for creating goalscoring opportunities is Create in possession. Try it with your team and watch the goal count soar.

Working in overloads is a key topic for teams during the season as it allows players to take advantage of real match situations. 3v2 transitions is great for attacking and defending teams to practice before their next match.

Speed of play is a key factor in decision making for young players. It can often cause them to make mistakes and lose the ball, but lightning fast play is always a winner in grassroots – try Five seconds to score.

And of course scoring goals is one of the favourite topics for most players and my go to sessions is 7 goal shooting range which has plenty of ways to score with added game management key to success.

I hope you find the sessions useful going into 2020 and they bring you and your team success in the second half of the season!

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