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First-time shooting

Catch goalkeepers unaware by getting your players to shoot with their first touch.

What this session is about

  1. Scoring goals.
  2. Having a positive attitude to shooting.

What to think about

  • Take care with the weight of pass.
  • Shoot at every opportunity.
  • Ideally aim low, across the goalkeeper and into the corners.
  • Check the goalkeeper’s position – has he left any gaps?
  • Create power by hitting with the instep (laces) with the toes down and ankle locked. For a sidefoot shot, strike through the middle of the ball.
  • Follow through after contact.
  • Look for rebounds.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Play inside the penalty area across the width of the six-yard box with a manned goal.

Set up three cones: One centrally on the 18-yard line, one level and to the left of the penalty spot – parallel with the six-yard box – and a third on the right hand edge of the six-yard box.

Split players into three equal groups: Shooters passers (left) and passers (right).

To start, a left passer plays a square ball into the path of a shooter who runs in from the 18-yard line and strikes the ball first time.

The right passer then rolls the ball back from the six-yard line and the shooter strikes it first time, this time with the other foot.

Players rotate to a different cone after every turn.

Shooter (S) runs on to a pass from passer 1 (P1) and shoots first time. P2 then passes and S shoots first time with the other foot.

Shooter (S) runs on to a pass from passer 1 (P1) and shoots first time. P2 then passes and S shoots first time with the other foot.


Development

Play 6v3 into a manned goal in the penalty area. Attackers look to score in the big goal with defenders able to score into two small coned goals on the edge of the area.

Attackers play two-touch and must complete three passes before shooting first-time from outside the six-yard box.

Encourage shooting with both feet and make sure every player plays attacker and defender.

Progress to 5v4.

Play 6v3 in the area. Attackers can only score outside the six-yard box with a first time shot.

Play 6v3 in the area. Attackers can only score outside the six-yard box with a first time shot.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game where goals can only be scored with first-time shots.

Play a small-sided game where goals can only be scored with first time shots.

Play a small-sided game where goals can only be scored with first time shots.


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