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Overload shooting

To increase your team’s chances of scoring goals, you can increase the number of players in your attack. This session will help improve decision-making abilities in your strikers for overload situations and the net result will be more goals.

What this session is about

  1. Combining with team mates to create opportunities to shoot at goal.
  2. Improving decision making on when to shoot or when to pass the ball.

What to think about

Players must:

  • Be willing to take a shot and be praised for doing so.
  • Apply good technique – e.g. use the laces or side of foot?
  • Assess the goalkeeper’s position.
  • Ideally aim low for the corners, concentrating on accuracy before power.
  • Be composed when in possession.
  • Look for rebounds.
  • Demonstrate good movement and combination play.
  • Communicate with team mates.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area with a goal at each end and use two teams of four (plus goalkeepers who have no allegiance to either team).

Team A has two players each at diagonally opposite corners (A1 and A2), and team B has its players (B1 and B2) also opposite each other on the remaining two corners.

Play a series of 2v1s. To begin, the first player at A1 passes diagonally across the playing area to a team mate at A2. These two players combine to attack the goal located at the end A1 passed the ball from, while the nearest team B defender to that goal (B1), will try to prevent them from scoring.

Use the offside rule to make the exercise more realistic. Once the ball is dead, players join the back of the line at their starting stations. The drill is then repeated, but moves clockwise around the area. The next turn starts with the next player in line (B1 passing to B2), with the next player at A1 defending the goal.

This means there is a constant changing of attackers, defenders and keepers.

Two teams play 2v1 overloads against each other.

Two teams play 2v1 overloads against each other.


Development

Increase the length of the playing area to 35 yards and divide it into three zones –0 two 15-yard areas either side of a five-yard middle zone.

Place two defenders in each 15-yard zone. Four attackers start in the middle zone. The attacking team has 10 consecutive attacks (five towards each end).

The aim is to try and score as many goals as possible against the two defenders in turn.

After an attack at one goal, the players turn back to the middle zone and receive a new ball from you or an assistant and attack the other goal. When the 10 attacks are complete, the score is counted and the roles are reversed.

Four attackers try to beat two defenders and a keeper before turning in the opposite direction.

Four attackers try to beat two defenders and a keeper before turning in the opposite direction.


Game situation

Use the same size area but split it into two halves. Play a five-a-side game (including keepers). Play 2v2 in each half, but when the attacking team has the ball in the attacking half, one of their defenders is allowed to cross over into that zone to provide support and create a 3v2 overload. The team that scores most goals wins.

When an attacking team has possession, it can use a defender to create a 3v2 attack.

When an attacking team has possession, it can use a defender to create a 3v2 attack.


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