How to Score a Goal in Football – Part Two
Previously we have discussed how to score a goal in football. This included the key components:
- The run up
- The pull back and landing foot
- The position of your shoulders
- Which part of the foot to connect with the ball and
- The follow through
Theory doesn’t really become knowledge until we put it into practice. The same goes for the technique we employ for shooting at goal. The following drills present an excellent foundation to develop shooting skills under a variety of game like situations embracing defender pressure as well as fatigue.
This drill is excellent for simulating game experience when a striker has a goal scoring opportunity. Attackers rarely have the opportunity to score a goal unchallenged by an opponent. In this drill a chasing defender and goal keeper apply pressure when the attacker is shooting.
- Set up a grid 30 metre x 30 metre with a goal and goal keeper at one end
- Set up 2 discs creating an imaginary line approximately 12 metres in front of the goal
- Attackers must shoot before the line
- 4 attacking players each with a ball line up 30 metres from goal directly in front
- Another 4 players without a ball line up 10 metres to the left of the attacking players
- When the coach calls go, an attacker with the ball sets off at speed towards goal and must shoot before the line
- At the same time a defensive player from the other line chases, applying pressure to the attacking player
- Players swap lines after they complete their task
- Encourage players to cover the ground to goal quickly allowing more time to compose themselves before shooting
If a defensive player is quick, encourage attacking players to change direction in front of the defensive player as they get close will slow the run of the defensive player.
Players learn to shoot for goal whilst pressure is applied from a chasing opponent, as can happen in a game situation. Focus is on speed to goal and technique.
Depending on player ability, the involvement of the chasing defender can be modified to passive or active – that is for the more experience players, defenders can actively try and tackle, alternatively if not so, pressure can come through the chasing or presence.
Shooting on the Turn
Like the previous drill, it is important players learn to compose themselves and deal with the urgency that comes with a defensive player’s presence.
- 6 players each with a ball line up behind a disc 20 metres in front of goal – servers
- One attacking player(striker) stands facing the line with their back to goal, 10 metres in front of goal
- A defensive player (defender) stands behind them in close proximity
- The first server in the line plays a firm pass to the striker
- The striker uses deception and speed to create space on the turn, nudging the ball first time away from them and the defender and looks to strike with the second touch
- Players rotate from striker to defender, defender retrieves ball and goes to the serving line whilst the server becomes the striker
Players learn to shoot on the turn with a defender in close proximity creating pressure and a sense of urgency.
Use of a goal keeper is optional though as players progress it is advisable. Ensure players turn both ways to keep the defender guessing and practice the least favoured foot. You can also set up some mini targets within a goal for players to aim at eg just inside the goal post.
Bounce and Shoot
In this drill players are working on technique with power.
- Set up 7 balls at 2 metre intervals 18 yards from the goal
- Set up six discs 5 yards from the 18 yard line in between balls
- Players line up first on the right hand side, 7 yards from the corner of the 18 yard box
- One player remains behind the goals to collect balls and a goal keeper is in play
- When the coach calls go, the first player runs to the nearest ball and shoots
- The first player then turns and runs around the disc five yards out and strikes the next ball towards goal and so on
- The first player continues until all 7 balls have been struck
- Reset the balls for the next player
- Have extra balls available so that reset can be undertaken whilst a player is shooting to minimise the idle time
- Change to the right hand side (ie using left foot) after all players have completed this drill twice
During a game, players will often be shooting at the end of a run and at varying levels of fatigue. This drill is designed to simulate this game situation where players will progressively expend energy as they shoot for goal. Players should be encouraged to compose themselves prior to each shot.
Players run backwards around discs after each shot and forward to shoot. Players can take one small touch and shoot. Goal keeper could be removed to encourage players to hit the target.
Shooting Drills for 4
This high tempo drill is a great way to work on technique at the same time as teaching kids to remain mobile after shooting.
- The drills starts with 2 (or more) players standing between 2 discs 25 yards directly in front of goal and 1 player just inside the 18 yard line
- A goal keeper is optional though for more experienced players it is advisable
- One or 2 players can stand behind goal and rotate with shooters
- Player 1 passes the ball to Player 2. Player 2 passes the ball to the side for player one to run onto and shoot
- Player 2 then runs around the discs behind Player 3, whilst player one takes their place and receives the ball from Player 3, passing the ball into their path to shoot.
- Have multiple balls available to continue drill with minimal idle time
Players become adept at shooting a moving ball first time and when the opportunity is first presented.
Check out this awesome video to develop this drill beyond the initial activity.
Consistently scoring goals is one of the most challenging aspects for a striker. There is an expectation to deliver goals in every game. As a result, developing a sound technique will give a player the maximum chance for success when goal scoring opportunities present themselves. Undertaking drills with both feet, that involve time pressures and fatigue will contribute to greater scoring success by simulating game conditions.
Strikers should not lose heart if goals are not forthcoming. Creating goal scoring opportunities for your team is more important than scoring them yourself. These opportunities may come as a result of a parried shot or drawing defenders to you allowing team mates to score from an easier position.by