Soccer Check And Finish Practice Training Drill

Check And Finish Practice

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Basic Information

Age Group: (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 5+
Difficulty: Medium
Time: 10-20 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

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


  • one designated attacker vs. a designated defender inside the grid
  • 2 servers opposite the goal
  • the attacker attempts to receive a pass from one of the servers and then finishes on goal
  • the defender tries to prevent the attacker from scoring
  • after a set number of times players change roles


  • vary position/number of servers (i.e. plus 2 servers along sideline)
  • the attacker must finish after 2-4 touches
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


  • eye on ball
  • quality of preparation touch
  • aggressive and positive mentality
  • vision and anticipation
  • placement versus power
  • positioning to gain an advantage


  • closing down (pressuring opponent)
  • goal side positioning
  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • deny turn
  • timing and decision to tackle

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