in Warm Ups
This three-part session develops players' awareness of pressing and covering as a unit. MORE
This exercise replicates the kind of movement attackers make during matches as they try to create space for a shot at goal. It works on first-time shooting with both feet to sharpen even the dullest striker in front of goal.
Use the penalty area of your pitch. We’ve used seven players for this session. It also needs a server who is good enough to play balls of the right weight and direction, so you may want to perform this role yourself at first. You need balls, cones and a goal.
The players run around the cones and you pass a ball into the penalty area for them to shoot first time at the goal. Tell players they must use the foot nearest the ball. The player shooting is the trigger for another player to go round the cones on the opposite side, making it a continuous exercise.
This is a great way to get players using both feet so that in a match they will do it instinctively rather than try to shoot with their favourite foot. Praise attempts with a player’s weaker foot however poor in direction and power.