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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.
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.
– 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.
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.
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.