Thursday, 23 June 2011

Taking Chances to Score


Objective: To encourage players to take opportunities to score.

Warm Up: Ball Work - In our warm up we are concerned with giving the players the confidence to use both feet. So we work through the following routine of touches: 

1 Inside, inside, outside of best foot 
2 Inside, inside, outside of weak foot 
3 Inside, inside, outside, sole drag with best foot 
4 Inside, inside, outside, sole drag with weak foot 
5 Toes, toes, toes, step-over with best foot 
6 Toes, toes, toes step-over with weak foot 
7 Toes, toes, toes, step-over with best foot and then take away with weak foot 
8 Toes, toes, toes. step-over with weak foot and then take away with best foot 
9 Dribble forward and cut the ball with the inside of your best foot behind your weak foot 
10 Dribble forward and cut the ball with the inside of your weak foot behind your best foot. 

Work in small groups:  Shooting Gallery -  In this drill the players get a lot of time on the ball to perfect the technique. when shooting get the players to look at the target on the run up and put accuracy before power. The players at either end of the shooting lane take turns at shooting, making sure they give the keeper time to turn, Keep at least a 2 yard gap between goals and dont let players get too close when taking shots. 

You can make it easier by not using a keeper. You can make it harder by having someone serve the ball to the shot taker. 


 Work in small areas:  Open Goal -  This game rewards teams who shoot at every opportunity and who have the courage to attempt long range shots.  Select two teams and mark a half-way line and a no go zone around the goal. This played as a normal games expect their are no goalkeepers and shots can be taken in the opponents half only.


To make it easier add a neutral player who plays for the team in possession. To make it harder add a condition that shots must be taken with the first touch. 




Group Work:  Fox in the Box -  To score a goal you need to knock down a traffic cone. However you are not allowed in the end zone so you have to kick the ball accurately in order to knock the cone down. When knocked over the cone stays down until all the cones at one end are knocked down. The team that knocks all the cones down first wins. Players will need to make imaginative runs and get into space so they have to chance to set themselves to kick the ball and knock over a cone for a goal.

To make it harder increase the size of the end zone, or reduce the number of cones. To make it easier add a neutral player who plays for the team in possession, or allowing any shot between the cones to count as a goal.



Follow this with a normal game. Focus on the skills learnt in the session, giving particular praise to players taking opportunities to shoot when they arise..

1 comment:

Kids Soccer Coaching said...

Shooting is the glamour skill of soccer and every player should be an excellent shooter. The simpler soccer shooting drills will be best for determining how much work each of your players needs on his or her shooting. Thanks a lot.