Football Shooting Drills

Goals win games and the likelihood is that your strikers are going to be the ones to get them. No matter which player it is that ends up getting your goals, there are ways to improve every single player when it comes to that priceless commodity that is scoring goals.


There are numerous techniques, an infinite number of scenarios and a million ways to score a goal, but often it’s the players that have put the time in on the training ground that seem to get the ‘luck’.


Carrying out football shooting drills will not only improve the finishing of your players, but also their composure, sharpness and instincts when they get in front of goal in a match.


We’ve pulled together what we consider to be the best shooting drills for you to try out with your squad in upcoming training sessions.



SHOOTING Drill 1

Explanation

  • A 3v2 transition to 2v1 drill which focuses on shooting and defending.
  • The drill is brilliantly explained (as you can hear on the video) by the coach and focuses on speed, finishing and transition.
  • Players need to switch on immediately once they've taken the shot where often a player is inclined to relax.
  • Equally important, as the coach stresses, is the speed of getting a shot away and not taking too many touches.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Bibs
  • 2 Set of Goalposts

(video credit: YouTube user SoccerCoachTV)


shooting Drill 2

Explanation

  • A simple 4-way shooting drill that encourages the striker to shoot on target instinctively and quickly.
  • The servers pass the ball into the area and the striker has a maximum of one touch to control and finish.
  • Again, speed and fluidity is encouraged while the strike should aim to take his first touch away from the mannequin (or defender).

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Goalposts
  • 1 Mannequin / Pole / Defender
  • Cones

(video credit: YouTube user FourFourTwo)


shooting Drill 3

Explanation

  • Football coaches should take note of this superb shooting drill (and explanation by the coach).
  • The drill encourages sharp passing around the edge of the area, a smart through ball and a finish from the striker.
  • The mannequins act as defenders however players should be sharp and treat the exercise as if it's a game scenario.
  • The drill has 3/4 progressions which keep the player thinking and switched on.

What You Need

  • Ball
  • Goalposts
  • Mannequins / Poles

(video credit: YouTube user luismedinalm79)


shooting Drill 4

Explanation

  • A fun and exciting drill that offers a reward should the player complete the first challenge.
  • Two players begin in the mini goals as defenders. If the attacker manages to score past them, he gets the opportunity to score past the goalkeeper in the full size goal.
  • If the attacker fails to get past the first defender, he has to become the defender of that goal.
  • This shooting drill is high energy and keeps players intrigued and on their toes. A great drill for younger players.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • 2 Sets of Mini Goals
  • 1 Set of Full Size Goalposts

(video credit: YouTube user SoccerCoachTV)


shooting Drill 5

Explanation

  • This is a 2v2 attacking then defending drill which focuses on speed of the attack, transition and sharp finishing.
  • As ever, players tend to switch off in transition and this drill helps to keep them alive.
  • Players shouldn't be allowed too much time to dwell on the ball or take too many touches - they should get their shots away before the defence has a chance to get themselves set.
  • The speed of the drill is important to keep all players active and engaged.

What You Need

  • Balls
  • Bibs
  • Goalposts

(video credit: YouTube user SoccerCoachTV)


individual shooting drill

Explanation

  • A straightforward football shooting drill that any player can do on their own. All you need is a set of goalposts, a few balls and a handful of cones (or something to put on the floor).
  • Each of the 5 drills focuses on striking the ball, hitting the ball cleanly and hitting the target. This really is the bread and butter of shooting but is often overlooked.
  • If you have some time spare after practice or once everyone has gone home, then I recommend grabbing some balls and trying these drills out.

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