Every coach know the importance of finishing. You can have all the ball, dominate and create chance after chance but unless you have players who know how to find the back of the net it is all for nothing. This session deals with numerous elements of finishing:
- Pure ball striking
- Movements to create space and correctly responding to the actions of the defender
- Finishing 1 vs 1 with the goalkeeper
After the warm Klavs initially provides the players with some unopposed finishing practice. The session then progresses to decision making to create the opportunity to finish. Klavs point out that the players need to understand how their opposing defender is trying to play them and to adjust accordingly. If the defender is marking them very closely the right strategy could be to bring the defender to the ball and then spin into the space created behind. Of course, as Klavs points out, to do this the forward needs to adopt a body shape that allows them to see the opponent and to efficiently turn into the space created.
The session then progresses to a 1 vs 1 with the goalkeeper. The main point here is that if a forward goes 1 vs 1 with the keeper and simply tries to pass the ball into the net then most times the keeper will save it. Klavs makes the point that a little deception is usually needed – either a feint and then a move around the keeper or by giving the keeper the “eyes” by looking one way and finishing the other side.
The session then ends with a small sided game in a small area to allow many finishing opportunities.
Klavs Rasmussen has managed numerous professional clubs in Denmark. In November 2016 he was announced as the new head coach of the Ghanian football club West African Football Academy