Hit the teddy

Objective: To improve shooting accuracy.

Age group: U8s to U13s.

Set up: Split your players into three small teams plus three goalkeepers.

  • Create a rectangular or circular pitch about 20 yards long/across.
  • Place three small goals, equally spaced, around the perimeter of the pitch.
  • Place a triangular cone or other small target in the bottom and top corners of each goal.

Tip: I use teddy bears (tied onto the goals with string) as the targets with my U12s. Not sure what it says about them but they seem to enjoy hitting teddies a lot more more than hitting cones!

Put all the balls in the middle of the playing area.

How to play: On your command, all the players run to balls, collect one and try to score a goal.

If a shot hits one of the cones or teddy targets as it enters the net, it counts double.

Play three rounds.

The team with the most points wins.

Progression: Players to dribble and shoot with their weaker foot only.

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