SHOOTING FOR THE STARS U 13+
There is a saying that “If you don’t buy a ticket, you cant win the lottery”. The same analogy applies to shooting on goal. Players should be guided to take shooting opportunities as early as possible, rather than delaying for other, more difficult, options.
Often it will be a case of its less of a mistake to take the shot and miss as opposed to not taking the shot at all.
Two options are provided for PART 3 of the session depending upon whether you prefer an opposed or an unopposed drill.
SESSION OBJECTIVE: To help develop the technique of shooting.
A skills circuit is established in a random area
Players are in rows of 3 or 4 depending on numbers at each end.
In the circuit is a “maze’ of markers for quick-feet skills, poles placed apart to dribble quickly in a slalom effect, markers placed apart to practice 2 turns.
2 players from each end start, so 4 players working (3 if in less groups)
Players choose any 1 or 2 skills before passing to the other end
Continue the practice end to end
Add 1 or 2 neutral players inside the grid to act as targets for an optional give and go wall pass
Key coaching points:
Use all parts of both feet
Use disguise, tricks and feints
Correct weight and accuracy of passes to feet
Return pass for give and go into the space
• Chest over the ball
• Approach at an angle of approximately 45 degrees
• Move weight through the ball
• Quickly land on the kicking foot after striking the ballThe progression can be found on Inside Soccer You Tube channel the site. Here is the first video in the series. the first 4 videos are relevant to this session:
In the first drill the players stand about 15 yards from each other. The first player walks forward with the ball in his hands, drops it and shoots it gently on the half volley to their partner. They should attempt to keep the ball low and it is crucial that they walk through 2 or 3 paces after they strike the ball. this “walking through” action gets the players used to transferring their weight through the ball. After a few minutes the players should start to repeat the above exercise while jogging rather than walking. Players take turn performing half volleys.
In the second part of the sequence the players jog up to a cone at a 45 degree angle (again with the ball in their hands). Before they reach the cone the plant their non kicking foot towards their partner and half volley the ball to them. They then walk through 2 or 3 paces down the target line. Their follow up through must be down the target line and their hips should face towards their partner. The half volley is used because it prepares the player for striking the ball with their ankle locked and their knee and chest over the ball.
In the final part of this progression the players shoot the ball. They must
• Approach the ball at 45 degrees
• Move down the target line after striking the ball
• Finish with their hips facing the target
• Continue their follow through beyond the white line which is about 1 yard away
• Approaching at too straight an angle
• Not transferring weight through the ball
• Not moving down the target line after the strike
•Plant foot behind the ball
• Insufficient backlift
• Floppy ankle
PART 2: Option 1
The drill now progresses to shooting against a goalkeeper.
There are a number of progressions:
• Have the ball laid back to you and shoot first time
• take a forward after the lay back and shoot
• play a give and go with the central player and shoot.
After shooting the player becomes the central player who joins the end of the line
Key coaching points:
- All of the technical points mentioned above. Pay particular attention to weight transference through the ball.
- Ask the players to focus on technique and accuracy rather than power. They should look to strike the ball with about 80% of their maximum force.
- Aim for the corners
• Remember to work both feet.
PART 3: Option 2
3 v 1 EACH HALF
The game is 3 v 1 in each half. All shots need to be taken from your own half and players cannot change halves. The player in the opposition half attempts to stop the opponents from making easy shots. the can also set the ball back for their teammates to strike on goal.
Key coaching points:
• Players should use good technique and try to incorporate all the earlier coaching points • This field is set up fro U13 players. For older players make the field longer.
• Rotate the defender regularly.
• Defenders in their own half should look to move up and block shots
• Quick accurate shooting with good technique
Play 4 vs 4 plus goalkeepers on a small field that provides lots of shooting opportunities.
Players should remember to use good technique and accuracy over power. If you have 12 players play 3 teams of 4 and the winner (first to 2 goals or after 3 minutes) stays on. Adjust this for different numbers.
Here are a few other shooting drills you might like: