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Simple shooting

Because football is ultimately about scoring more goals than the opposition, your players should be regularly practising their shooting skills. Use “Simple shooting” to work on your players’ accuracy in front of goal. This session will also help your goalkeepers work on positioning and making reaction saves.

What this session is about

  1. Scoring goals.
  2. Attempting different shooting techniques.
  3. Shooting accurately.
  4. Gaining confidence to shoot with either foot.

What to think about

  • Weight of pass.
  • To create power use the instep with toes pointed down and the ankle locked.
  • For an outside of right/left foot swerve, use the outside of the instep and strike the ball left/right of centre.
  • For an inside of right/left foot swerve, use the area around the joint of the big toe and strike the ball right/left of centre.
  • For a sidefoot, strike the horizontal mid-line of the ball.
  • Follow through.

Set-up

Set up playing areas measuring 15 yards by 10 yards with a goal at one end and use several footballs. Have two players in each playing area.

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

One player starts in goal, with the other shooting (the attacker). The attacker passes the ball a short distance to one side and shoots.

Make sure the attackers vary the side they shoot from so they get used to using either foot, and the distance from goal.

After, say, five shots from both the left and right sides, the players switch roles.

The attacker plays a short pass to the right or left and follows up with a shot at goal.

The attacker plays a short pass to the right or left and follows up with a shot at goal.


Development

Next, the goalkeeper rolls or passes the ball out to the attacker, who controls and then shoots with their second touch.
Have the goalkeeper vary the direction of the throw so the attacker once again has to use either foot.
To progress, have the attacker shoot first time.

The attacker receives a pass from the goalkeeper, takes one touch and shoots.

The attacker receives a pass from the goalkeeper, takes one touch and shoots.


Game situation

Play 4v4 plus two goalkeepers on a 30 yards by 20 yards pitch. Position the goals opposite each other on the longer sides to make the pitch wide. Encourage plenty of quick, accurate shooting and praise players showing the correct technique. Rotate attackers so each player has a turn.

In a 4v4 game, encourage the players to use their skills to shoot quickly and accurately.

In a 4v4 game, encourage the players to use their skills to shoot quickly and accurately.


What to call out

“The goal doesn’t move so keep your eyes on the ball and your head still!”
“Use the proper technique with your weaker foot.”
“Hit the target with all shots.”
“Has the goalkeeper left gaps to aim at?”

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