soccer coaching game to improve passing and shooting

Objective: This coaching game is called the "Coconut Game", it helps improve accuracy of passing and shooting.

Age range: U7s and upwards.

Difficulty: Medium.

Number of players: Whole team.

Equipment: A few flat cones, one ball

Set-up: Divide your players into two evenly matched teams.

Tip: Keep the teams small. If you have more than 10 players, make four teams and set up two games.
  • Create a 30x20-yard playing area.
  • Place five balls on top of cones on the goal line at both ends of the pitch.
  • Mark out a five-yard exclusion zone with flat cones at both ends of the pitch.

How to play

The objective for both teams is to knock all five of the opposition's balls off their cones by shooting/passing a ball at them.

Players are not allowed to enter the five-yard exclusion zones in front of the balls.

The first team to knock all five balls off at one end is the winner.

Coaching points:

Emphasise good technique ("which is the more accurate - using the side of your foot or the laces?"), quick decision making ("if you hesitate, the chance is gone") and making support runs off the ball.

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