Ideal for grassroots teams to push opponents back and score against them. It helps teams break at speed quickly getting to the heart of the opposition defence MORE
Diagonal run and shot
Even the best defences will be breached if your forwards make diagonal runs from wide and receive a well-timed through pass.
This shooting drill will help your players perfect their timing when making diagonal runs and getting a shot at goal.
What this session is about
- Receiving the ball, shooting quickly and accurately.
- Scoring goals.
- Gaining confidence to shoot with either foot.
What to think about
- The accuracy and weight of passes.
- Timing of the final pass – delay it if necessary.
- Have a quick controlling touch to set up a shot.
- The goalkeeper’s position – have they left gaps?
- Selecting the correct technique to shoot – instep, side-foot, chip, etc.
- Accuracy – ideally aim low for the corner, and across the goalkeeper.
Use one half of a pitch. Place three cones in a line halfway between the penalty area and centre circle. Have a fourth cone on the centre circle. See top picture.
Use 8 to 12 players, including a goalkeeper.
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What you get your players to do
Split the players into two groups. Half line up at the centre circle cone (passers) and the other half at the other centrally positioned cone (strikers). Each passer must have a ball.
The passer plays the ball to the striker and follows it. The striker passes back before running to their left, around the cone and diagonally towards goal. The passer again plays the ball to the striker, who controls it and shoots with their second touch. Both players then join the other’s line.
Make sure the strikers alternate their runs to the left and right, and use their weaker foot.
The most recent player to join the strikers becomes a defender, applying pressure but not tackling. The striker still only has two touches. After carrying out the defensive role, the defender returns to the strikers’ line.
Create a 75 yards by 50 yards pitch with a goal at either end. Have a 35 yards by 25 yards central playing area inside the pitch with a 7-yards wide channel along both wings.
Play 4v4 within the central area, and goalkeepers in each goal. To score, a player must make their run from either wide channel onto a ball played along the ground and through the front of the central area. Once the player breaks out, a defender can chase to apply pressure.
What to call out
- “Get the weight of pass right – not too hard, not too soft”
- “Use the proper technique with your weaker foot”
- “Hit the target with all your shots”