EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

Take a shot

Players need to practise a variety of shots in pressure situations so they can improve their chances of scoring goals. This session could help you find your best goalscorer – it might not be your current centre forward.

What this session is about

  1. Shooting.
  2. Gaining confidence to shoot with both feet.

What to think about

Instruct players to:

  • Shoot at every opportunity.
  • Ideally aim low, across the goalkeeper and into the corners.
  • Create power by hitting with the instep (laces) with the toes down and ankle locked. For a sidefoot shot, strike through the horizontal mid-line.
  • Follow through after striking the ball.
  • Look for rebounds.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10-15 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area with an age-appropriate full-size goal at each end and a five-yard zone in from each goal, as shown in the top picture.

Each team lines up next to one of the goal posts. On your command, the first player (A1 and B1) runs to the opposite end, around the outside of the last cone and into the target zone. As he does so, the second player (A2 and B2) passes a ball into the target zone, from where all shots must be taken.

A1 and B1 shoot at goal and rejoin their line.

Once A2 and B2 have made the pass, they should begin their own runs to receive a pass from A3 and B3, and so on.

Make sure both teams complete the exercise from both sides of the goal and use their weaker feet as well. The team with most goals wins.

Each player in each team takes a turn to run around the far corner cone, turn and smash the ball at the goal.

Each player in each team takes a turn to run around the far corner cone, turn and smash the ball at the goal.


Development

Using a penalty area, place two crossers on each side of the box. Have one server on the outside of the D, and a goalkeeper in goal, as in the middle picture.

The remaining players will play against each other inside the penalty box. The activity begins with the server passing to any of the crossers, who crosses into the penalty area with his first touch.

The players complete with each other to take a shot. The server only releases another ball once the previous one is scored, saved and held by the goalkeeper, or goes out of the area.

Rotate crossers and shooters.

A server (S) passes to a crosser, who puts the ball in for the forwards to attack and try to score as individuals.

A server (S) passes to a crosser, who puts the ball in for the forwards to attack and try to score as individuals.


Game situation

Use two teams and 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 are likely to take place. Encourage players to shoot when the opportunity arises. Keep count of the scores to see which team wins and which player is top goalscorer.

A small-sided game on a short pitch encourages more shooting.

A small-sided game on a short pitch encourages more shooting.


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