Soccer Shooting Drill w Defender Training Drill

Shooting Drill w Defender

What is the best way to blast one past the goalkeeper? Find out where exactly you should aim your shot and pick up other tips for better goal-scoring.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 1 goal with goalie
  • supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • first player with the ball passes to partner who attempts to dribble and shoot on goal
  • passer becomes the defender who can try to block or steal the ball
  • defender cannot cross the second line
  • players switch roles after each turn
  • players switch sides after 4-8 rounds


  • defenders are passive
  • first pass is lofted
  • shot on goal must be towards the goalie (as a warm up)
  • attacker has to shoot on goal on his first touch after he crosses the second line
  • attacker must try to beat the goalie in a 1v1 situation
  • specify how players must shoot (left or right foot, inside or laces, high or low etc.)
  • 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
  • setting up defender
  • change of speed & direction
  • protecting the ball
  • accurate passes

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