INSPIRED, CONFIDENT & EFFECTIVE COACHING

Finishing school

To score goals, players need to have the correct techniques and ability to use all parts of either foot. This session will have your players practising a variety of shooting techniques.

What this session is about

  1. Scoring goals.
  2. Shooting accurately.
  3. Gaining confidence to shoot with either foot.

What to think about

  • Power = use the instep (laces) with the toes down and ankle locked.
  • Outside of right/left foot swerve = use the outside of instep, strike the ball to the left or right of centre.
  • Inside of right/left foot swerve = use the area around the joint of the big toe, strike the ball right or left of centre.
  • Sidefoot = strike the horizontal mid-line of the ball.
  • Chipping = “stab” underneath the ball with the toes.

Set-up

Four queues of players are lined up on the edge of the penalty area for the session. Use an area 30 yards long and 35 yards wide with a goal on each of the longer touchlines for the development and game.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Working from left to right, one player from each group takes a shot in turn.

Players can dribble towards goal before shooting, but can only take a maximum of three touches.

Players at the first station take a driven shot at goal. At “2”, they try a swerve shot. At “3”, they dribble and sidefoot or chip a shot. At “4”, let each player choose which technique to try.

After each shot, players collect their ball and move to the next station. Encourage players to use all parts of both feet.

Players at each station take turns to try and score with different techniques.

Players at each station take turns to try and score with different techniques.


Development

Play a small-sided game on the pitch which is split into three 10-yard zones as in the middle picture.

To score a goal, the player shooting:

  • must strike the ball first time in the attacking third
  • have a maximum of two touches in the middle third (i.e. control and shoot)
  • can take three or more touches in the defensive third. The first team to score five goals wins.
Shooters hit first time in the attacking third. They have two touches in the middle area and three or more in the defensive zone.

Shooters hit first time in the attacking third. They have two touches in the middle area and three or more in the defensive zone.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game without restrictions regarding number of touches. But make sure all players have the opportunity to try out each shooting technique they have learned.

The short pitch length means more players will have the opportunities to shoot to goal. Score three points for a goal, two for a shot at target and one for a shot at goal missed.

Play a small-sided game with no restrictions on touches but encourage the different types of shots learned.

Play a small-sided game with no restrictions on touches but encourage the different types of shots learned.


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