INSPIRATION | CONFIDENCE | SUCCESS

The killer instinct

Remaining composed when faced with just the keeper to beat is vital for a striker. This session will show you how to teach your hitmen how to hit the target and win matches.

What this session is about

  1. Scoring goals.
  2. Winning 1v1s.
  3. Remaining composed in goalscoring positions.

What to think about

When an attacker runs through on goal, he has lots of thoughts going through his head:

  1. He must run at top speed because defenders will be racing back to stop him scoring.
  2. He must have a good first touch and get the ball out of his feet.
  3. He has to get his head up and assess the goalkeeper’s position.
  4. He must remain composed and pick where he will shoot.
  5. He needs to be confident and take his chance.

Set-up

Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
10 minutes15 minutes15 minutes15 minutes5 minutes

What you get your players to do

Mark out an area and position your players as shown in the top picture.

Each attacker has three touches to dribble the ball and try to score in a 1v1 situation against the goalkeeper.

The attacker must take one big touch out of his feet in order to accelerate towards goal.

After each shot, the next attacker, at the opposite corner, is then free to begin his attack in the opposite direction.

An attacker races in to take on the keeper opposite in a 1v1.

An attacker races in to take on the keeper opposite in a 1v1.


Development

To develop the session, attackers are now allowed to use unlimited touches to try and score a goal.

After shooting, the attacker becomes a defender by adding pressure to the next opponent from the corner he is facing.

The next attacker must not begin his run until the previous attacker has taken his shot at goal.

This practice forces the players to play at top speed and places them under match pressure.

Once an attacker shoots he becomes a defender to put the next attacker under pressure.

Once an attacker shoots he becomes a defender to put the next attacker under pressure.


Game situation

Mark out a pitch and split it into three zones, as shown in the bottom picture. Play a five-a-side game (including keepers).

The majority of the game is played in the middle zone and the aim is to play a pass inside the opponent’s end zone for a team mate to run on to and score in a 1v1 against the goalkeeper.

Progress the game to allow a defender to run back into the end zone and pressure the attacker.

If the ball goes out of play, pass it back in to the team that would have won the throw or corner, in the middle zone.

The team that scores most goals wins.

Teams try to release an attacker to go 1v1 with the keeper in the end zone.

Teams try to release an attacker to go 1v1 with the keeper in the end zone.


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