Soccer Hot Zone Shooting Training Drill

Hot Zone Shooting

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs) (16-Adult)
Number of Players: 8+
Difficulty: Easy-Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Defending

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • each player with a ball
  • 1x goal with goalie
  • cones to mark off area
  • hot zone (10yds x 4yds)
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • the first player in the blue group dribbles at the defender from the red group who is inside the hot zone
  • objective is to dribble around the defender and finish on target from inside the hot zone
  • the shooter now becomes the defender and defender gets back in line of his group
  • next attacker starts to dribble once the attacker prior takes a shot on goal (coach also controls pace of drill)
  • switch sides after appr. 5-10 minutes


  • passiv defenders to start with
  • the shot cannot touch the ground before it hits the target
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:

  • body mechanics and control of body
  • body position and balance
  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • contact surface
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage
  • get defender off balance
  • transition from offense to defense

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