shuttle shooting game

Objective: To practise shooting and goalkeeping skills.

Age group: U8s upwards.

Number of players: Whole team.

Set up: Create a 40x15 yard playing area with a goal on the centre line.

Divide your squad into two teams plus a goalkeeper. The teams stand at each end of the playing area, the goalkeeper stands in the goal.

How to play:

1. The coach stands on the centre line in line with the goal and serves a ball for the first player in each team to control, then shoot.

Vary the serves so the ball goes across the player, away from him and towards him. Also serve the ball so that it goes to either side of the player. Play hard passes and serve a bouncing ball.

2. Give each player a ball. The first player on team A takes one touch to push the ball in front of him then shoots.

If the goalkeeper saves the ball he returns it to the player. If the shooter misses or scores he retrieves the ball. As soon as the first shot has been dealt with, the goalkeeper turns to face the other team and the process is repeated.

Coaching notes:

This is a drill that involves children standing in lines, but it is fast-moving so there shouldn't be a problem providing you keep the lines short.

If you have more than ten players I advise setting up two games. Make the game competitive. The team scoring most goals with the least number of shots wins.

What to watch:

  • Your players' first touch. Do they push the ball out of their feet?
  • Their shooting technique. Is their head over the ball, their non-striking foot next to the ball and is there a good follow through?
  • Do they use the correct part of their foot? The instep or side of foot?