The finishing touch

My Under 9s team won a match that when you look at the result it seemed like a big win – but that didn’t tell the story of the game. Both teams played well and had some great combination play but my team had an end product which unfortunately the visitors didn’t.

It makes a huge difference if players are finishing off moves and at this age level it is usually because in the build up players continue to support the play right into the final third of the pitch.

You could even see this in the Premier League games at the weekend. Wolves beat Manchester City – Wolves created and scored their chances, City created but didn’t score.

Newcastle beat Manchester United with a single goal but what a goal it was. Sean Longstaff’s goal was a thing of beauty both individually and collectively with Allan Saint Maximin and Jetro Willems deploying speed, skill and sheer cunning to take out an assortment of visiting markers before Willems cut-back for the debutant Longstaff to shoot crisply and cleanly beyond David de Gea in the Manchester goal.

It can be frustrating watching your team create chances but ultimately not scoring, try the sessions below to help your team score more goals.

Following up a pass into the final third is vital so attacking players get on the end of chances and score goals. Use Quick thinkers and your players will be attacking the goal at every opportunity.

One of my favourite sessions is Fast break. It improves quick attacking and combination play. The attackers must break forward in order to use the extra player and create a chance to score.

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