This three-part session will have your team peppering the opponents’ goal. By TRISTRAM BISGROVE MORE
This session improves shooting technique and gives players confidence to shoot from outside the penalty area. It helps players to see an opportunity and take it with a shot from long range. Some players will be able to do it straight away but others will take time – put accuracy over power when they first try.
Mark out a zone in front of the penalty area using the width of the area x 10 yards. We’ve used 12 players including a keeper.
Start with player A playing a one-two with player B, who moves off his cone to receive the ball, before passing to C, who plays the ball to the oncoming player D, who shoots. Allow the shooting phase to finish before the next one starts and ensure the keeper has time to get ready after each shot. In the progression add cones that players must dribble through before shooting.
This is great to work on an individual and partnership skills. It gives the shooting players time and space to build the confidence to control the ball and shoot with both feet, and it also works on their ability to get the ball out from under their feet to hit a good shot. It also looks at shooting across the keeper when at approaching at angles.