This three-part session will have your team peppering the opponents’ goal. By TRISTRAM BISGROVE MORE
A brilliant training drill to encourage your attackers to control the ball and unleash a shot on the run.
Use the penalty area of your team’s age group. In this session we’ve used eight players. You will need balls, poles and a goal. If you don’t have enough poles, use the ones you have for the striker’s run. If you have no poles, use cones.
The striker must dribble the ball through the poles and shoot with one touch after clearing the last pole, while the other player has to run through his set of poles in order to get to the goal and try to save the shot. You can add or take away poles to time the keeper so he arrives at the goal as the striker is about to shoot.
Make sure players use both feet as they run through the poles. Trying to beat the keeper in a race also adds realistic pressure. Players need to get the ball out of their feet as they exit the slalom and hit a good shot at goal. Make a note of which part of the goal the keepers go to when they get to there, as they should be central.