This game is designed to encourage your players to shoot quickly and accurately as well as follow up on their shots in case the keeper drops the ball.
Age group: U8s to U13s.
Set-up: 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 30×20 yards playing area.
- Place a team behind each end line.
- Make a goal in the centre of the playing area with poles or corner flags.
- Place a cone about eight yards away from each 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:
1. To start the game, team A sends one of its players to be goalkeeper.
2. The first player in team B dribbles a ball (at speed) to the marker cone and shoots. This player follows their shot in and tries to score if team A’s goalkeeper drops the ball.
3. Whether team B’s player scores or not, team A’s goalkeeper retrieves the ball and returns to her team.
4. The shooter from team B is now in goal. She faces the first player from team A who dribbles out and shoots.
After taking their shot, this player takes over in goal and so on.
5. The first team to score X number of goals wins.
Coaching points: Impress on your players the need to dribble at speed, shoot quickly and follow their shot.
If the shooter does not follow her shot and get into goal quickly, the opposition will have an open goal to shoot at!
You can, if you wish, encourage a finishing mentality by awarding two goals if a player scores from a fumbled shot.
You 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.
Vary 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.
Note: Although this game involves players waiting in line, the speed of the game means they should only be waiting for a few seconds.