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Volleying to score

Learning to volley will give players the technique to score goals when the ball is bouncing or when receiving flighted passes.

What this session is about

  1. Shooting and scoring goals.
  2. Developing technique for kicking the ball when it’s not on the ground.
  3. Directing the ball straight ahead.

What to think about

  • Observe keeper’s position.
  • Head steady, eyes on the ball.
  • Let ball fall as low as possible.
  • Head and knee over ball to keep the volley down.
  • Lock ankle, point toes down, use laces.
  • Strike middle to bottom half of ball but not underneath.
  • Hit through vertical mid-line keeping leg straight.
  • Use arms for balance.
  • Follow through.

Set-up

  • 1 goal (or poles the correct distance apart).
  • 1 cone approx 20 metres maximum away from the goal.
  • Supply of balls.
  • Several players acting as ball-boys behind the goal.
Warm upSessionDevelopmentsGame SituationWarm Down
7-10 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes15-20 minutes7-10 minutes

What you get your players to do

Players line up behind a cone 20 metres from the goal (change the distance as necessary based on the age and ability of your players).
Players take it in turns to toss a ball upwards towards the goal and sprint after it. They let the
ball bounce once and volley it at the goal. Make sure players practice using both feet using the technique outlined in “What to think about”.

Practice technique with an unopposed drill.

Practice technique with an unopposed drill.


Development

  • There are several possible developments:
  • Introduce a goalkeeper.
  • Introduce players to serve the ball from the left and right.
  • Volley the ball before it bounces.
Add variation with a server and increase difficulty by not allowing the ball to bounce.

Add variation with a server and increase difficulty by not allowing the ball to bounce.


Game situation

Play 4 v 4 in an area approx 30 x 20 metres with a goal at each end. There are no designated goalkeepers but each player can use their hands to prevent goals. Players move the ball by throwing it to each other and each player must take no more than four steps before releasing the ball. The opposition can win the ball by intercepting thrown passes or when the team in possession drops the ball.

Goals can only be scored by players volleying a ball on the full that a teammate has thrown to them. Award two points for a goal and one point for a shot on target to encourage players to shoot more often. To increase the difficulty, add goalkeepers.

The ball must be passed by hand but goals can only be scored from volleys.

The ball must be passed by hand but goals can only be scored from volleys.


What to call out

  • “Watch the ball all the way onto your foot”
  • “Don’t try to hit the ball too hard”
  • “ Technique first, power later”
  • “Hit the target”
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