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Receive a square pass and shoot

Shooting from a square pass is a difficult skill for young players to master, but this activity will help you teach them in a variety of situations.

What this session is about

  1. Shooting.
  2. First touch.

What to think about

Players should consider:

  • The accuracy/weight of a pass they make or receive.
  • Quick control to set up an immediate shot.
  • The accuracy of the shot – ideally aim low and for the corners.
  • Their shooting technique. Do they use the instep, side-foot, chip, etc?
  • Ask parents to be ball boys and ask players to collect their own balls after they have taken a shot where possible.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Set up two 20 yards long by 10 yards wide areas, with a goal at each end, separated by a two-yard channel.

Use two groups of players, plus two goalkeepers, arranged in the positions shown in the top picture.

A1 is a server and stands five yards away from the rest of his group on the left-hand touchline. B1 stands on the right-hand touchline.

The first player in group A (A2) passes to A1, who plays a square, return pass back to A2, who controls the ball then shoots with his right foot.

A2 then joins the back of group B.

At the same time, the exercise is repeated by group B, except B2 shoots with his left foot.

Rotate servers regularly. To progress, the players shoot first time.

A1 and B1 acts as servers who receive the ball, give a square return pass, which is then shot at the goal.

A1 and B1 acts as servers who receive the ball, give a square return pass, which is then shot at the goal.


Development

Mark out a playing area the same size as two penalty areas, one on top of the other, with a goal at each end, as shown in the middle picture.

Split players into two groups. Group A lines up 15 yards from its goal, on the right-hand edge. Group B lines up on the opposite side of the other penalty box.

A1 runs onto the pitch while looking over his right shoulder to receive a pass from A2. A1 controls the ball with his left foot and shoots with his right. He then joins group B. Group A continues this exercise.

Meanwhile group B does the same activity except B1 runs onto the pitch while looking over his left shoulder to receive a pass, which he controls with his right foot, turns around and shoots with his left.

A player receives a pass, controls the ball and shoots. One group practises with the right foot and the other with the left.

A player receives a pass, controls the ball and shoots. One group practises with the right foot and the other with the left.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus two keepers. Play 2v2 in the central playing area but each team has a wide man in their attacking half on either channel near the touchlines, as shown in the bottom picture.

Only the central players can shoot to score. They can either shoot after receiving a pass from a wide player or after receiving a square pass from a team mate in the central area.

Wide players can only take two touches on the ball. Swap central and wide players regularly.

Play 4v4 plus keepers but two outfield players must stay in wide channels and put in square passes to be finished by team mates.

Play 4v4 plus keepers but two outfield players must stay in wide channels and put in square passes to be finished by team mates.


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