This session will encourage your players to play the percentage game. Shooting across the goal enables the team two chances to score – either directly from the shot or from any rebounds that follow.
What this session is about
Gaining confidence shooting across the goal with both feet.
What to think about
The ability to shoot across the goal using both feet can give your team the extra edge in the attacking third of the pitch as these players give the team two opportunities to score and are confident using their weaker foot.
Examine your players’ shooting technique. Are they simply toe-punting it with their weaker foot? Encourage them to use proper technique, even if it feels uncomfortable to them at first. Also make sure that they are aiming for the opposite corner of the goal, and shooting across it rather straight down the middle. Once they get a few on target, their confidence will soon grow.
Mark out the pitch as shown in picture one , adjusting the size to suit the age of your players.
What you get your players to do
Shot 1 – get your players to dribble down the channel to the left of the pitch and shoot with the left foot, aiming for the area on the opposite side of the goal not protected by cones.
Shot 2 – the players now dribble down the channel in the centre of the pitch and shoot with the right foot, again aiming across the goal to the area not protected by cones.
Shot 3 – dribble towards the goal and choose a corner to aim at. Show a disguise.
Shoot across the goal into the opposite corner with both feet.
Remove the cones from each goal mouth and replace with three goalkeepers.
It’s not so easy against a real live goalkeeper. Show a disguise on the third shot.
Play a small-sided game with two goals and goalkeepers. Encourage your players to attack at speed and shoot across the goal from wider areas. Tell them you will award extra points for goals scored from shots placed in the opposite corner or from rebounds.
Put the techniques into practice in a game. You get extra points for rebounds from cross shots.