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Strike it hot
Do you want your team to score more goals? If you can improve your strikers’ ability to score goals from various positions in the penalty area and with different techniques, then this session will help.
What this session is about
- Scoring goals.
- Movement in the box.
- Developing a range of finishing skills.
What to think about
A good striker is able to score goals from a variety of positions. This is due to the striker’s technique that allows him to score with both feet and with his head.
In addition, a top striker is always on the move to adjust his position in the box or to lose a defender to get to the ball and score.
As a coach, you must develop practices that allow strikers to improve technique and movement in match-like situations.
|Warm up||Session||Developments||Game Situation||Warm Down|
|7-10 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||15-20 minutes||7-10 minutes|
What you get your players to do
Use a penalty area with a line of strikers (1) and three servers. You will also need a keeper and mannequins or flags, as shown in the top picture.
Ball 1 – each striker takes one touch and then shoots from the edge of the box.
Ball 2 – each striker runs into the box to score from a cross from the server (2) – who has to dribble round a mannequin/flag first.
Ball 3 – each striker runs to receive a pass from the server (3). The striker has to now turn and shoot from the edge of the box.
Ball 4 – each striker runs to receive an aerial serve from the server (4), to head or volley at goal.
Rotate the strikers and servers after each circuit.
Strikers have to remember their score and compare it to each other at the end to see who has won.
Turn the exercise into a two-team game.
Three attackers and three defenders go into the penalty area.
Four servers surround the box as servers. Both teams play for the ball once one of these serves has been made:
- Server 1 plays a lofted pass into the area.
- Either of the two wide servers (2 and 3) dribble past the mannequin/flag to make a cross.
- The central server (4) makes a pass and joins the attackers inside the box to make a 4v3 situation.
It is down to you to call out the name of the server who starts the play.
Attackers must constantly be on the move to lose their opponent and score a goal.
The defender tries to clear the ball out of the area to prompt the next serve.
Each game lasts for six serves.
After each game, the attackers become the defenders, the defenders become the servers and the servers become the new attackers.
Play a small-sided game with a neutral player who plays for the team in possession of the ball.
Having a neutral player creates a 4v3 overload and if used correctly, the strikers’ movement off the ball will create space for them to receive a pass and score a goal.