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First touch to shoot
This session will improve the first touch of your attacking players. A centre forward must have a good first touch in order to guide the ball into space or away from a defender to shoot. Improving this skill will add speed to the forwards’ play and enable them to shoot at goal quickly in order to catch goalkeepers by surprise.
What this session is about
- Improving the role of a centre forward.
- Developing a good first touch.
- Taking less touches and shooting at goal quickly.
What to think about
- 92% of goals scored are done so when a striker takes two touches or less to shoot at goal.
- Can your first touch be away from the defender?
- Can the touch be into space and allow you to shoot at goal?
- Are your forwards taking more touches to work the ball to their best foot? If so, encourage players to shoot with both feet.
Create an area 40 yards by 30 yards in width.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|7-10 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||7-10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Forwards take turns to be the server and then the shooter in this practice.
The server passes the ball to the shooter who must take a first touch outside or inside the defender, and into space, in order to shoot at goal.
The players must alternate sides in order to work on both feet. In addition, the players must play at match speed in order to add realism to the practice. Create an area 40 yards by 30 yards in width.
Begin a small-sided game in which two attackers play against one defender in each half of the pitch. This can be raised to three attackers and two defenders.
The defenders cannot be tackled and are free to pass to their attackers. The attackers now use their numerical advantage in order to create a chance to score. Goals can only be scored when the shooting players take two touches or less.
Now progress to a small-sided game with an equal number of players on each side. Award double goals for players taking two or less touches before scoring.
What to call out
- “Concentrate on your first touch.”
- “Take the ball away from the defender and into space.”
- “Shoot at every opportunity.”