Soccer SSG Shooting # 1 Training Drill

SSG Shooting # 1

Intermediate level finishing drill for players who have mastered the technique of finishing/shooting and scoring with various parts of their body.

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Basic Information

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

Field Preparation:

  • 2 groups
  • 2 goals with goalies
  • good supply of cones
  • good supply of balls for continuous play


  • first player with the ball dribbles and passes to his opponent across the grid
  • the attacker (blue) receives the ball and attempts to finish on goal
  • if the defender (red) wins the ball he tries to finish on his opponent’s goal
  • players switch roles after each sequence
  • time limit for each sequence is 15 seconds
  • team with most points wins (losers must do 20x push-ups)


  • play 2v2, 3v3
  • adjust spacing depending on the age and ability of the group

Coaching Points:


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


  • closing down – pressuring opponent
  • angle and speed of approach
  • control and restraint
  • delay and channel
  • timing and decision to tackle

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