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The goal poacher

This week’s session is designed to improve your players’ ability to score goals inside the penalty area. The term “goal poacher” describes a player who is desperate to score goals and is constantly looking to get a toe, foot or head on the ball to do so.

What this session is about

  1.  Scoring goals
  2.  Expecting the ball to arrive in the box
  3.  Reacting quicker than defenders

What to think about

A striker loves to score all types of goals. He is not fussy if it is a 30-yarder, a dribble past two players or a tap-in from close range. A poacher is always looking for ways to score and is constantly active and alert in the penalty area to any loose ball or opportunity that arises.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes10 minutes

What you get your players to do

wo teams of five (blue and red) on a 25-yard square pitch. Have a big goal at each end with a mini goal six yards to the right hand side of both and facing inwards.

The teams line up on the touchline facing a mini goal with the big goal to their left. Each player has a ball. The aim is to be the first team to score 10 goals. Goals are scored in both the mini and the big goals.

To start, the first red player (R1) takes a touch and tries to score with a pass into the mini goal. The first blue player (B1) runs in and tries to slide or deflect the ball into the big goal (this slide replicates a forward running into the box to score from a driven cross).

Immediately after passing towards the mini goal, R1 runs towards the opposite goal and try to deflect B2’s pass into the goal.

The game continues until a team scores 10 goals. Switch ends and repeat the game.

R1 tries to score into the mini goal. B1 looks to deflect the ball into the big goal. R1 then runs down the other end as R2 attempts to score.

R1 tries to score into the mini goal. B1 looks to deflect the ball into the big goal. R1 then runs down the other end as R2 attempts to score.


Development

Mark out a 40 x 30 yard pitch. Mark out two end zones of five yards and a central zone of 20 yards.

Play 3v3 in the central zone with each team having a wide player (W) standing to the side of the opponents’ five-yard zone.

To start with, goals can only be scored from the central zone.

When a goal is scored, the team is rewarded with a second ball from W who makes a quick cross into the opponents’ end zone. One forward is allowed to break out of the central zone unopposed to attack this cross.

After two minutes, rotate the wide player with one of the three attackers in the central zone.

Goals can only be scored from the central zone. Once scored, that team’s wide player (W) sends in a cross for an attacker to score from.

Goals can only be scored from the central zone. Once scored, that team’s wide player (W) sends in a cross for an attacker to score from.


Game situation

Continue on the 40 x 30 yard pitch but now mark two gates on each team’s end zone lines.

Play 4v4 in the central zone. Each team has two ways of scoring a goal.

  1.  With a shot from the central zone.
  2.  By dribbling through one of the wide gates to cross for a team mate who runs out of the central zone to attack the cross.
Goals can be scored from the central zone or when a player goes wide through the cones and crosses into the five-yard zone.

Goals can be scored from the central zone or when a player goes wide through the cones and crosses into the five-yard zone.


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