Soccer coaching tips for passing and shooting

Objective: to practise passing/shooting with all parts of the foot.

Experience: any.

Set-up: create an area 30 yards long by 20 yards wide with a three-yard-wide "exclusion zone" marked across the middle.

Split your players into two teams.

How to play: start the game with five or six balls in each half of the playing area.

On your command, both teams have to use a specified part of their foot to kick the balls into their opponent's half.

At the end of a specified time, the team with the least balls in their half of the pitch is the winner.

Play several games, using a different part of the foot each time.

Coaching points:

  • Vary the parts of the feet that the players can use. You could start with the toes, then ask them to use their inside of their foot, then the outside, heel, instep and sole.
  • Start each round with a quick demonstration of the correct technique.
  • At the end of the game, ask your players which part of their feet they find the easiest to use and why.