Build up to 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.

Set up

Use the penalty area of the pitch you play on or recreate it with cones. The session uses nine players plus a keeper. You need lots of balls, bibs, cones and a goal. You need to start each sequence with the first pass from off the pitch.

How to play

Split your group into three even lines A, B and C and start with your pass to A. Run the drill as described and the 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 to use different parts of their foot (or their forehead with shot four) and make the correct runs with good delivery of passes.

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