Soccer Shooting Competition Training Drill

Shooting Competition

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Basic Information

Age Group: (5-7yrs) (8-11yrs) (12-15yrs)
Number of Players: 2+
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 5-10 min.
Emphasis: Finishing, Passing

Field Preparation:

  • in pairs
  • each pair with a ball
  • grid (4yds x 18yds)
  • good supply of cones to mark off area
  • good supply of balls for continuous play
  • repeat setup to accommodate the entire team


  • players try to shoot the ball past their partner at the opposite side while keeping the ball in the channel
  • the other player attempts to block/receive the ball before it goes past him through the cone goal
  • if the ball gets past the player between the two cones, the shooting player is awarded a point
  • low shots only


  • specify how players must shoot (left or right foot, inside foot or laces etc.)
  • adjust size of grid 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
  • placement versus power

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