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Quick turn and fire

Creating space in a packed penalty box in order to turn and fire off a shot is an invaluable skill that brings great rewards for strikers.

What this session is about

  1. Turning.
  2. Shooting.
  3. Creating space.

What to think about

  • Sprint to the cone.
  • Check back to create space.
  • Good service.
  • Use body to screen the ball from an opponent.
  • Type of turn – hook turns, stepover, etc.
  • Disguise to send defender the wrong way.
  • Speed of turn.
  • Shot – aim low, across keeper in the corners, etc.

Set-up

  • Use an area 25 yards by 25 yards with a goal at opposite ends. Two cones are located on the half way line, about 10 yards in from each touch line.
  • 8-12 players including two goalkeepers.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split players into two groups at diagonally opposite corners of the playing area.

The first player (1) in each line runs a little beyond the cone nearest to them before checking back to that cone and receiving a pass from the next player in line (2). Once (1) has received a pass, he turns and shoots. He then runs behind that goal to join the back of the other line of players. The drill is continuous.

Player one runs from the corner past the cone, checks back to receive a pass from player 2, turns and fires.

Player one runs from the corner past the cone, checks back to receive a pass from player 2, turns and fires.


Development

Add two passive defenders, one to face each attacking team, who stand about 5 yards behind where the cones were. Now, when the attacker checks back to receive a pass, they have to perform a turn that fools the defender before shooting.

Try giving players a maximum of three touches (eg. control, turn, shoot).

Make the defender active to add difficulty.

The cones are replaced by defenders (D) who are nearer to the goal. Attackers have just three touches – control the pass, turn and shoot.

The cones are replaced by defenders (D) who are nearer to the goal. Attackers have just three touches – control the pass, turn and shoot.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus two goalkeepers in a 35 yards by 20 yards area. Set up two end zones, 10 yards in from each goal line.

Each team keeps one attacker and one defender in each end zone.

Ensure players rotate so each becomes the attacker in the end zone for their team.

The team which scores most goals during a set time period wins.

Play 4v4 with an attacker and defender from each team in either end zone to improve the quick turn and fire technique.

Play 4v4 with an attacker and defender from each team in either end zone to improve the quick turn and fire technique.


What to call out

  • “Attack the turn”
  • “Show disguise in your turn”
  • “Aim for the corner of the goal”
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