Even the top-level players perfect their shooting skills without a
defensive presence. Shooting while under pressure is a critical part of a
player's training, but only after the player has developed some skill and
confidence in shooting. Actually, some coaches claim to see more scores
(and missed opportunities) when there is no (immediate) defensive
should get players maximum shots with different varieties of passes and
A staggered goal setup is a wonderful training environment especially
when training in a small area. It allows for players to share an area
and still feel as if they have large area to work in.
There are a couple of things one can do from this setup. If a coach has a
flat goal, s/he can place it at the halfway off towards a touch and
the players can be separated into shooting on four goals. Defensive
pressure can also be included if needed in this layout.
Set Up and Execution
plays long ball to B who controls and shoots on Goal 2; the next
player B immediately plays long ball to A (initial passer)
who controls and shoots on Goal 1.
Either the player retrieves his own ball and switches sides or he can
retrieve the other shooter's ball and stay on same side.
Line 1, player A dribbles along goal line (towards goal 2)
and plays an angled pass back to player B in line 2 moving
on to goal 2.
Immediately after the pass, player A makes run on goal 1 as next
player in line 2 dribbles along goal line (towards goal 1) and
plays back angle to A. Players retrieve shots and exchange lines.