Aguero in the box

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero fires the ball home from all around the penalty area. In this session your players can practice scoring in the same way. Passing and shooting from in and around the penalty area is vital if you want to score goals. This session gets your attackers doing just that.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and goals. You can use the penalty area of your normal pitch for this or create an area 30 x 20 yards wide. We used 6 players in the session.

How to play it

Set the players up so the three players are working around the D of the penalty area and there is a goalkeeper in goal. The players should be marked 1, 2 and 3. Player 1 passes to player 3 who sets him up for a shot. Player 3 must then run around to the far side of the penalty area and be ready to cross one of the three balls. Player 2 then plays a one-two with player 1 and is set up to shoot at goal – these two players must then be ready for the cross from player 3. Repeat this again on the other side of the pitch. Then add defenders who start next to the goal and play again. Allow all players a turn at being a striker.


This involves good first touch and great technique to shoot at goal.

1. Set up like this – play starts with a pass from player 1 to player 3 who sets up player 1 for a shot at goal
2. Now player 2 plays a one-two with player 1 for a shot at goal

3. As player 1 and 2 set up the shots player 3 runs around and crosses into the two players who must score
4. The session now goes the other way with the cross coming from the other side

5. Add defenders who start behind the goal and move once player 3 has touched the ball.

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