INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

All your eggs in one basket

Have a bit of fun with this Easter-themed session that also has the serious goal of improving your players’ first-time shooting skills. In the final game, if you can put all your eggs (balls) in the basket (goal) before the opposition, you are the Easter champion.

What this session is about

  1. Shooting quickly and accurately.
  2. Scoring goals.
  3. Gaining confidence to shoot with both feet.

What to think about

Shooters must:

  • Assess the goalkeeper’s position – are there any gaps?
  • Pick the appropriate technique – instep, side-foot, chip, etc.
  • Place accuracy before power – ideally aim low, for the corners, across the keeper.
  • Be composed when shooting. You, the coach, must:
  • Enlist the help of parents to act as ball boys.
  • Keep the drill sharp and snappy.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
15 minutes10 minutes15 minutes10 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Use a penalty area and place two servers (S1 and S2) inside the area with their backs to goal, as shown in the top picture.

There is no goalkeeper so all players are split into two lines facing the goal, on the edge of the penalty box.

The first player (A1) plays a one-two with S1, then shoots his egg (ball) first time at the basket (goal). After shooting, he becomes the new server, while S1 joins the back of the other line.

While that’s happening, B1 plays a one-two with S2, and shoots first time at goal. After shooting, B1 becomes the new server and so on.

A1 passes to a server, receives a return pass then shoots at goal with one touch.

A1 passes to a server, receives a return pass then shoots at goal with one touch.


Development

Set up a triangle of cones on each side of the D with the base of each triangle nearest the goal.

Add a goalkeeper and place a server on each corner of the base (A and B) facing each other, with a shooter (C) at the tip.

There are many variations of passing and shooting combinations you can try with this set-up (or even get the players to think up their own) but here are some examples:

  1. A passes the egg (ball) to B, B passes forward for C to run on to and shoot at the basket (goal).
  2. C exchanges static passes with A but plays a one-two with B before shooting.
  3. C passes to A, A passes to B, B passes forward for C to run on to (as shown in the middle picture).

Once a shooter has shot, get the shooter on the other triangle to begin his combination.

Shooters (C) combine with servers (A and B) then shoot at goal and try to score past the keeper.

Shooters (C) combine with servers (A and B) then shoot at goal and try to score past the keeper.


Game situation

Play a five-a-side game (including keepers) on a pitch with the goals on the longer sides, making the pitch wide. A shorter pitch means there will be more shots at goal.

Players combine as they would do in a normal match, but any effort on goal must be one-touch (i.e. a first-time shot).

If the egg (ball) leaves the area, players make a pass-in and there is no offside rule. Teams can score a bonus point if the egg is put in the basket (ball into the net) comes as a result of two consecutive one-touch passes from two players.

The team that scores most goals wins the Easter tournament.

All shots in a small-sided game must be firsttime efforts.

All shots in a small-sided game must be firsttime efforts.


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