Every other player in each line has a ball.
The ball is played into space so that the attacking player can take the ball in their stride.
Once the player has the ball they try to score against the goal keeper.
The feed is then reverseed to the other side.
Ball must be played into space at the right pace.
Always try and shoot across the GK
Encouraging 1st time shooting by using the correct technique to take the shot early and finish from close range.
Get your knee over the ball and use the pace of the ball to generate the power. By trying to strike the ball too hard, the likelihoood is the accuracy will be poor.
Blue 1 plays ball into area and clue 2 moves in to shoot 1st time. Blue 2 goes to replace blue 1 and blue 1 runs around working area to take blue 2s place.
Two attacking players against one defender.
The player who starts with the ball passes the ball square to the other player. This player runs towards the defender (isolating the defender) allowing the other player to loop round and overlap them to receive the ball in the space created.
After receiving the pass this player should then have a shot at goal.
Players line up in 3 groups.
Player 1 from the left of the square moves into the square.
Player 1 from the top of the square plays the ball into the player in the square.
Player 1 then moves in on goal.
Then rotate the players moving into the square.
Position players in groups of 4 as shown in the diagram. Repeat in 2 other areas for a total of 12 players.
The server (player 3) stands behind the goalkeeper. He makes a pass out to the shooter who strikes the ball 1st time at the goal. This shot must come from the grid at the right of the diagram. Player 2 retrieves any balls from behind the goal. Repeat and rotate.
Progression: Serve the ball for a volley or 1/2 volley.
This game can be played with almost any number of players. In this game the pitch is 50 metres long, split into two 15 metre shooting zones (at both ends) with a 20 metre mid-section. Players are allowed in all areas of the pitch but are only allowed to shoot outside of the 15 metre area.
Players set up in 2 lines with one central player who feeds you the ball. The ball must be struck first time. The other player follows in for a rebound.
Groups of six. Position players as shown in the diagram. One server and one attacker on each side of the goal with a single defender to the side of the goal. Repeat in another area for a total of 12 players. Player 1 passes ball into space in front of player 2. Player 2 one touches and shoots on goal. As soon as player 2 touches the ball, the defender may move to challenge the shot. Repeat the practice in the opposite direction. Rotate positions. Progression: When player 2 touches the ball, player 1 may move in to challenge the shot from behind.
Players set up in 2 lines with one central player who feeds you the ball. The player must strike first time. The other player follows them for a rebound.
Players set up in 2 lines with one central player who feeds you the ball. The ball must be struck first time. The other player follows the player in for a rebound.
Player 1 plays a through pass down the line for player 2 to run onto. When player 2 reaches the pass and gets the ball under control they then cross the ball into the centre, along the floor or in the air, for player 3 to run onto and finish.
Players run forward, receive the pass from behind and then dribble through the cones. On reaching the final cone players take one touch to tee themselves up and then shoot.
Play 3 v 2 in the larger area and play 1 v 1 with a goalkeeper in the smaller(attacking) area. Red player 1 starts with the ball. The 3 red players in the larger area combine to pass the ball into the attacking area. The player who passes the ball into the area follows the ball into the attacking zone to make a 2 v 1 situation. Finish with a shot on goal. Rotate positions. Progression: Play 6 v 5 in an open 30 x 50 yard field.
Position players in pairs and singles in the zones as shown in the diagram. Players must stay in their respective areas. Goalkeepers can throw or kick the ball into any area. The object of the game is for defenders (lone players) to pass to attackers(pairs) who attempt to shoot on goal. If a defensive player blocks the path to goal, the player in possession should pass the ball to a teammate in a better scoring position. Change positions after a period of time or after a goal is scored by either team. Progressions: 1. Add players for groups of 2 and 3. 2. Add more balls for younger players. 3. Make it 2 touch for older players.
Receiving the ball and either turning out or in to have a shot at goal
Create a halfway line in the area using discs. Store soccer balls behind each goal. Play 4 v 1 in each half with a goalkeeper. The goalkeeper serves the ball to any of his teammates in his half. They must get a shot on the goal in the opposite field. The lone player in that area is a defender trying to block the shot. The lone player in the opposite area is the cherry picker, following in on the goalkeeper for rebounds. Repeat in the opposite direction. Progression: Take away the halfway line and progress to a full field game of 6 v 6.
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