On the rebound

Long shots often create chaos in the penalty areas of youth teams opening up chances from rebounds and blocks. Fire your team ahead by going long against tough opposition. Goalscoring builds confidence in young players – this session builds good habits into match day practice.

Set up

You need balls, bibs, cones and goals, in an area 30 x 20 yards wide split into two halves. We used 12 players in the session.

How to play it

Split your players into two teams of 6 including goalkeepers. Goals can only be scored from the defending half. We set up four attackers in the defending half and another two in the attacking half. The ball must go to one of the two players in the defending half and they set up players in the defending half with a shot at goal. It is a high intensity practice so rotate players every three minutes. Start the session unopposed so players know what they have to do.


Good passing technique and movement to create space. Good shooting technique for low and high shots or volleys etc.

    1. Start the session with unopposed play and the teams must pass and set up a shooting chance
    2. Make sure players know they have to set up play by passing to a player in the attacking half and getting a pass back into the defending half

    3. Here the play is in the defending half after the ball has been passed back but the team needs to create a chance by passing in that half
    4. A long shot has been successful with the player shooting between defenders and into the net

    5. Here the goalkeeper has made a good save but the player is alert to score on the rebound
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