Practices to help develop finishing on goal
The raw excitement of soccer, sometimes contained in even the most mediocre of games, is embodied in scoring goals. How many times have we witnessed teams who have been outplayed and a goal or more behind suddenly galvanized and rejuvenated by scoring a goal. The vast majority of things a team or individual does on the field, is designed towards creating goal scoring opportunities. Every successful team needs a goalscorer.
There is little more frustrating for coaches and players alike, than losing or drawing games because clear cut opportunities to score have been squandered. We often hear coaches saying “ The team played well, but we didn’t take our chances”. The reality is, playing well means taking those chances. Consequently, whatever aspect of attacking play is coached, the emphasis should always be on taking goalscoring opportunities.
No matter what level a team plays at every one craves the goalscorer who has the knack of converting the chances created. The elusive players who find themselves in the right position at the right time, not by coincidence, but by anticipation and instinct combined with technical ability. While there is a belief that such players are born with these gifts, it is a mistake to believe that skillful attacking, inventive and instinctive play cannot be coached. On the contrary, coached correctly these aspects will reap rich rewards in the following areas:
• The attitude of players to take risks in the attacking third will be strengthened
• There will be recognition, and familiarity with decision-making in tight and difficult situations
• The difficult becomes accepted as the norm and not something to be feared
• Confidence, which will be accrued by increasingly successful outcomes, will be developed
The 20 practices shown present a variety of situations from which goals are scored. They are in no particular order and many of the practices can be used from young through to adult players. They are designed to help develop players to become more effective strikers for the team by among other aspects:
– Scoring goals via multiple finishing techniques
– Bringing others into the game with link-up and combination play
– Choosing and using “appropriate” finishing skills on demand
– Making themselves available at all times
– Improving decision-making and awareness in and around the penalty area..
We hope you enjoy them and good luck with your team.
Click on the links below to view the practices within this session.
- Practice 1 : Shots to the near or far post
- Practice 2 : Creating shooting opportunities – making a blind side run
- Practice 3 : From a cross
- Practice 4 : Combination shooting and finishing from a cross
- Practice 5: When clear of the defense from different angles
- Practice 6 : The volley from a cross
- Practice 7 : The half volley finish
- Practice 8: When clear of the defense – under pressure
- Practice 9: Scoring from a variety of forward positions variation 1: From the wing
- Practice 10: Scoring from iv1 or from a cross
- Practice 11: Attacking heading
- Practice 12: The spectacular bicycle kick
- Practice 13: The multi purpose circuit
- Practice 14: Reaction speed in the box variation 1: 1 v 1 v 1
- Practice 15: Curling in from wide angles
- Practice 16: The bounce game – one touch finish
- Practice 17: Shooting from range
- Practice 18: After set from the target man
- Practice 19: Quick strikes after regaining possession
- Practice 20: Multi-functional game for finishing