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Play like FIFA’s player of the year – Megan Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe has won her first FIFA women’s player of the year honour.

Rapinoe was rewarded at the FIFA Best awards for leading the United States to the women’s World Cup title in July, as was Jill Ellis who won the women’s coach award.

Rapinoe scored six goals in the tournament, earning her the Golden Boot for the tournament’s top scorer and the Golden Ball as the top player.

Try these sessions to get your players scoring goals like Rapinoe does for USA.

Megan Rapinoe’s composure in front of goal has developed through putting herself in those positions time and time again on the training ground, and you can help your players do the same with my activity called Poacher. It’s a simple drill that gives strikers plenty of chances to score in the box with quick-fire balls coming in from all angles.

Follow up that drill by putting players in a match-like situation. Score one touch is a small-sided game that will test your strikers’ ability to put a ball away first time and under pressure.

And get your players practicing scoring from free kicks like the ones below.

Even if your strikers don’t develop into World Cup competitors, I’m sure you’ll find their confidence in front of goal will improve and that will reflect positively on the scoresheet!

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