This session improves shooting technique and gives players confidence to shoot from outside the penalty area. It helps players to see an opportunity and take it with a shot from long range. Some players will be able to do it straight away but others will take time – put accuracy over power when they first try. MORE
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
- 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.
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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.
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.
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.