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Shoot on sight

A snap shot at goal can be the difference between two teams on match day. When the chance to shoot arises, your players need to take advantage of the opportunity.

What this session is about

  1. Shooting.
  2. Scoring goals.
  3. Gaining confidence to shoot with both feet.

What to think about

  • Look to shoot at every opportunity.
  • Turn their bodies so they can receive the ball and easily set themselves to shoot. • Ideally aim low when they shoot, across the goalkeeper and into the corners.
  • Create power by hitting with the instep: toes down, ankle locked. For a side foot shot: strike through the horizontal mid-line.
  • Follow through with leg and foot.
  • Look for potential rebounds.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes20 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Split players into two groups of servers and line them up at two of the corners of the area. Add a goal and a goalkeeper, and place a cone 15 yards from goal, as in the top picture.

Place one player, the attacker, at the cone with his back to goal. The first server in one of the lines, passes to the attacker, who takes a controlling touch around the back of the cone before shooting at goal.

The server follows his pass to become the next attacker, while the first attacker collects his ball and joins the line of servers where the pass came from.

The new attacker then receives a pass from the other line of servers and repeats the drill.

A forward receives a pass, controls the ball around the cone and takes a shot.

A forward receives a pass, controls the ball around the cone and takes a shot.


Development

Split players into two teams. Each team has a goalkeeper. Players from both teams line up on either side of their respective goal posts (as in the middle picture), ready to play a series of 2v2s plus goalkeepers.

The drill begins with a diagonal pass, from one of the two players of the first team (one from either side of the goal they are defending), along the pitch to one of their two opponents.

Both pairs of players enter the pitch and try to score in the opposite goal.

The player in possession should take a shot if near enough to the goal and if there is a clear path.

If not, he should pass to his team mate.

The drill continues until one team scores or the ball goes out of play. Then the next 2v2 begins, but this time, the second team gives the first pass to start.

The first pairs go to the back of the queue at their respective goal posts and wait for their next turn.

In a 2v2 game, players try shots at goal. After a goal or the ball goes off the pitch, the next two pairs enter the field.

In a 2v2 game, players try shots at goal. After a goal or the ball goes off the pitch, the next two pairs enter the field.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game but place the goals on the longer sides of the area – making the pitch wide – as in the bottom picture.

This will mean all players are close to the opposition’s goal so more shots will take place.

Encourage outfield players to try a variety of shots, such as first-timers, blasts after one-twos, turn and fire and hitting on the volley.

Encourage lots of shooting in a small-sided game on a short pitch.

Encourage lots of shooting in a small-sided game on a short pitch.


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