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The instant shot

Striking the ball first time at goal requires good service, timing and technique. With benefits including reducing the amount of time keepers have to prepare themselves, it’s worth giving it a shot.

What this session is about

  1. Shooting
  2. Scoring goals

What to think about

Players need to:

  • Keep their eye on the ball.
  • Assess the keeper’s position – has he left any gaps? • Choose the appropriate technique – instep, side-foot, chip etc.
  • Shoot accurately – ideally aim low and for the corners.
  • Pass accurately and with the right weight of pass to invite a first-time shot.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Using a penalty box, split players into four groups – two sets of servers and two sets of attackers. There is no goalkeeper.

Position the servers on the goal line between the six-yard box and penalty box, one group on either side of the goal. Position the attackers at both points where the ‘D’ intersects with the top of the penalty box. The drill works with the servers taking it in turns to pass the ball into the penalty area for the attacker in the line diagonally opposite to run onto and shoot first time. Attackers join the back of the server line and vice versa. The drill is repeated with the second groups of servers and attackers.

After a set time switch the players and servers so that they serve and shoot from the other side of the goal.

The attacker runs in at an angle from the edge of the penalty area and shoots first time from a pass from the goal line.

The attacker runs in at an angle from the edge of the penalty area and shoots first time from a pass from the goal line.


Development

Play within the penalty area across the width of the six-yard box. Split players into two groups – attackers and goalkeepers – lined up on opposite edges of the six-yard box. Put a ‘turning cone’ outside the penalty area opposite the goal.

On your signal, the first attacker rounds the turning cone while the first keeper runs around the back of the goal to get into position. As the attacker turns the cone, the next attacker passes the ball to him for a first-time shot. The attacker then joins the back of the keeper line while the keeper joins the attackers and the sequence continues. As soon as the shot is taken the next player in each group starts their run.

The attacker runs around a cone, the defender round the back of the goal. The ball is passed to the attacker for a first-time shot.

The attacker runs around a cone, the defender round the back of the goal. The ball is passed to the attacker for a first-time shot.


Game situation

Play a small-sided game, with goalkeepers, on a 60×30 pitch. To encourage first-time shooting, make each goal scored from a first-time shot worth a bonus goal.

Play a normal small-sided game with bonuses awarded for goals scored with first-time shots.

Play a normal small-sided game with bonuses awarded for goals scored with first-time shots.


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