game is designed to improve your players' ability to shoot quickly and
accurately. It will also encourage them to follow up on their shots,
which will result in your team scoring many more goals
variation of this soccer coaching game is also a great workout for your
- Divide your squad into
two teams of between four and six players. If you have more than 12
players, set up two games.
- Create a playing area
about 30 yards long and about 20 yards wide.
- Place a team behind each
- Make a goal in the
centre of the playing area with poles or corner flags.
- Place a cone between
each team and the goal to mark the point at which your players should
take their shot
- Place a few balls at
both ends of the playing area.
How to play:
To start the game, team A sends one of its players to be goalkeeper.
The first player in team B dribbles a ball (at speed) to the marker
cone and shoots. This player follows their shot and shoots again if team A's
goalkeeper drops the ball.
Team A's goalkeeper retrieves the ball and returns to her team.
The shooter from team B is now in goal and faces a player from team A
who dribbles out and shoots. After taking their shot, this player takes
over in goal and so on.
The first team to score X number of goals wins.
Key soccer coaching points: impress on your players the need to dribble at speed, shoot quickly and
follow their shot. You can, if you wish, further encourage a
"finishing" mentality by awarding two goals if a player scores from a
if the shooter does not follow her shot and get into goal quickly, the
opposition will have an open goal to shoot at.
probably won't need to, but make sure the next shooter doesn't wait for
the goalkeeper to get ready. They should start to dribble at goal as
soon as they have the ball.
the distance to goal and the size of the goal so players can experience
success then make it harder by increasing the distance to goal and
making the goal smaller.
players to shoot hard.
choose one player to be the goalkeeper. The rest of the players take it
in turns to dribble and shoot, ie. a player from team A shoots followed
by a player from team B in quick succession. The goalkeeper has to work
hard: save, turn, save, turn.
although this game involves players waiting in line, the speed of the
game means they should only be waiting for a few seconds.