Soccer Shooting Exercise # 5 Training Drill

Shooting Exercise # 5

This drill is a shooting game that will help finishing successfully. Study and implement this exercise into your coaching routine.

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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

Field Preparation:

  • each player with a ball
  • 2x goals with goalies
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • the first player of one team dribbles towards the opposing goal and finishes on goal
  • once the shot is taken the first player in line of the other team starts dribbling towards the opposing goal
  • next the first shooter becomes the recovering defender and attempts to put pressure on the opponent
  • repeat sequence
  • teams switch roles after 4-6 minutes


  • players get substituted if they commit a foul or get the ball out of bounce
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group if necessary

Coaching Points:


  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • placement versus power
  • get defender off balance
  • change speed & direction
  • quick finish


  • angle and speed of approach
  • timing and decision to tackle
  • recovery runs – goal side positioning
  • quick transition

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