EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FROM QUALIFIED AND EXPERIENCED GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

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Sharpen up your players in front of goal with this devastating attacking practice that gives them so many chances to shoot they can’t help but score.

Why use it

This session will put a stop to wasted chances up front. It allows your players to experiment with their technique and get used to hitting the target with a snap shot or when finishing off a move.

Set up

– Use the penalty area of the pitch you play on or recreate it with cones.
– The session is based on nine players plus a goalkeeper.
– You need lots of balls, bibs, cones and a goal. You or one of your helpers needs to be the server on the penalty spot.

How to play

Split your group into three even lines A, B and C and start with your pass to A. Players should work at a quick pace, speeding up as the session progresses. Keep a count of the number of shots they take in 30 seconds and try to beat it each time.

Technique

Players should use their arms for balance and plant the standing leg next to or slightly behind the ball, striking it just below the centre. Coaches should look for players using different parts of their foot (or their forehead with shot four) and making the correct runs with good delivery of passes.

Shoot at goal

    1. You pass to the first player at A. A shoots at goal (first time or with a touch to control), then runs around his cone ready to make a diagonal pass.
    2. Now you pass to B, who dribbles through the cones and shoots at goal. B then runs behind the C cones and down the wing. He receives a ball from you to be controlled, and prepares to cross.

Shoot on sight

    3. While B is running to the wing, A passes diagonally to an advancing C who shoots at goal.

Get players scoring

    4. To finish, A and C take up position to try to score from a cross by B, who you feed a pass to from the penalty spot.
    5. At the end of the sequence the players collect their balls (hopefully from the back of the net!) and each player joins the back of the next line: A to B, B to C and C to A.
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