Penetrating the opposition is key to creating goalscoring chances. Combination play is a vital part of your coaching strategy and by using this session you can get players to understand how and why linking up in the final third will help your team score more goals. MORE
Your players will sometimes just get a small window of opportunity to score. Use this session to encourage them to shoot first-time when the opportunity opens up for them. This session allows players to work on first-time shooting in a competitive game-like situation. It works on technique of shooting and tactical positioning so your players make themselves open to shoot
Set up an area of 40×44 yards or use your penalty area. We’ve used 11 players in this session. You need balls, bibs, cones and two goals.
How to play it
Split your players into a 5v5 including goalkeepers and a neutral player. Play starts with either keeper and players can only score with a first-time shot. The neutral player plays for the attacking team. This is a continuous activity, with both teams trying to outscore the other. Restarts are with the goalkeeper but play throw-ins as normal.
First-time shots need quick reactions and good technique. This session puts players under match-like pressure and helps to focus your young players on shooting the instance a scoring chance occurs.
- 1. Play starts with the goalkeeper who plays out from the back to a team-mate and play builds up from there
- 2. The neutral player works for the team in possession – here he lays off a pass for the striker to hit a first-time shot
- 3. Here the neutral player has dropped deep to receive a pass from the goalkeeper and plays the ball wide to open up the defence
- 4. To score players must make a first-time shot – if they take a touch first the goal doesn’t count
- 5. Restarts are from the goalkeeper except throw-ins – here a team-mate has made space to receive the throw
- 6. The neutral player has found space to work in and sets up a striker for a first-time shot