Shooting Drills

Shooting is probably the most fun part of football training and players from all positions enjoy shooting practice. Being able to strike the ball properly is important with the most popular conventional technique being to strike the ball with the laces. Again, focus on quality and accuracy before trying to take the shot under pressure in a match situation. Players should approach the ball at an angle and kick with the laces following through the ball keeping the foot firm throughout.

Inside Your Half

Teams of 3 or 4 play opposite each other on a small pitch, with a goal at either end. They must work the ball around in their half until space for a shooting opportunity arises.

Cross, Control & Shoot

Players aim to control a ball that is crossed in from the side, take a touch and then shoot. The player crossing in should aim to cross the ball into the marked area and the striker should need no more than 1 touch.

Pass, Run & Shoot

The striker passes the ball to one player, who forwards it onto another before the ball is set back to the striker who takes a shot. Progression can be obtained by using your weaker foot every few shots or adding defenders.

Pass, Pass & Shoot

The striker lays the ball off to the first player, they receive the ball back and repeat with a second before having a shot at goal. Awareness of the goalkeeper's positioning and shot selection are the main focusses of this exercise. Progression can be achieved by playing at a higher tempo and adding defenders.

Running At Angles

This drill encourages the striker to run at angles by zig zagging through an agility course then along a line of cones to shoot. The effectiveness of this drill can be maximised by varying the angle of approach to create different shooting situations

Agility Shoot

Players run through a short agility course before shooting. This drill can also be used as a general agility or fitness drill as well as a shooting one and defenders can be added for progression.

Collect Ball & Shoot

Balls are set up along the 'D' of the penalty area. The player runs to collect each one, sets it in front of them and shoots. This drill can be done further out or closer to the sidelines for more confident shooters.

Shoot On Sight

Two teams compete in a specific area to score as quickly as possible as balls are crossed in. This drill can be advanced by having a smaller area or putting a goalkeeper in goal.

First To The Ball Shoots

Two players race to reach the ball first and have a shot at goal. This drill is great for fun competition and improving reactions and pressure scoring.

Turn & Shoot

Three players continuously feed a striker who must control, turn and shoot in a small coned area.

 1, 2, Shoot

One player stands on the edge of the penalty area and receives the ball from the shooter. They then lay the ball off to the shooter who takes a first time shot.