How to Score a Goal in Football – Part 2

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.

Shooting Drills

Pressure Strike

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.


Scoring Success

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.

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20 thoughts on “How to Score a Goal in Football – Part 2”

  1. Excellent drills you have presented up here, though I didn’t read the first part but definitely this second one is capable of transforming my team to a better goal converting team. I particularly love the turn and shoot because it presents a realistic circumstance that would warrant sharpness in thinking and execution. Thanks so much for this. I’m definitely saving for later. Thanks

  2. Hello

    Very interesting topic for football lovers

    I’m a fan of football as I was a goalkeeper for a local team in the area I live in

    The technique you mention on how to score a goal in football is a matter of intense and daily workouts.

    I believe the position that the player will have at the time he receives the ball from his goalie but also the pressure of the defender as well as fatigue plays an important role.

    The techniques you mentioned below if they apply and work on training in formal team games certainly have a positive effect

    Thanks a lot for this interesting post

  3. I have to visit your site sometimes for more tips…..all that I’ve seen in football matches are just end products of training which I never had any idea of the amount of practice it requires. The reality of striking dawned on me one time when our boys had to play a friendly match. I’m not a professional player though….just normal fun game.

    Instead of me featuring in the midfield, I was given a striking position……it was a terrible experience. I could barely make my way to the post for a goal. In fact, I lacked all the skills you’ve mentioned here….it wasn’t like shake yourself and get the ball into the net. Since then I’ve not taken striking lightly and I’m glad to have found your training….thanks.  

  4. Hi Pete. What an incredible comprehensive guide on scoring goals in football. You have certainly covered all angles. I’m no expert on football but I’d sure like to learn. I have two grandchildren who have recently started playing the game. One is a girl and the other a boy. My background (being an Aussie) is in Aussie rules football. But the children have decided to play football (we call it soccer here) and I would like to help them develop their fitness and skill lessons. I will have to start from the beginning if I want to be of any use to them, which means following your link to part one and taking notes. Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to learn the basics . I would love to be a closer part of my grandkids lives and you’ve given me that chance. Thanks Jim 

  5. Those are some  really good drills, thank you for sharing.  It’s great to see a lot of variation in the drills depending on the different scenarios that you can find yourself in when playing. These will be really useful when coaching.  Will you also be writing about how to defend against various attacks on goal? Thanks a lot 

  6. Wow, nice one. Strikers most times have a hard time scoring goals and if the appropriate training is delivered, they’ll definitely get the hang of it. So, pressure by the defender, pressure by the keeper, the striker has to find a way around it. I have a friend who just took to coaching, he’ll find this post useful. Thanks.

  7. Loved your post. It is filled with so much of content. I can imagine the pressure a striker has, everyone expects you to score a goal in every match. That’s just not possible but as a striker one can only practice and try his level best. I loved how detailed your drills are, the illustration and the steps are just on point. I don’t play a lot of football myself but my friends are great fans and they do play it most of the time. I’ll be sure to forward them this post.

    THanks for sharing.

  8. The game of football is a very tactical one. Aside defending ones goal, scoring goals is very important. But this aspect of football isnt practiced by every player in a team, just the strikers. There are times when the striker is marked by a very good defender, now the team is left with nothing because other team mates haven’t been training. I love the training samples given in this post, it’s very nice. 

  9. Hi, your post is unique and educating. Watching the video I see that with 2 more friends making 3 of us we can practice all the training on how to score a goal in football, I have been wandering why messi and Rinaldo scoring is different it might be this is the way that under goal training, I also love the insight on how to position the body when you shoot for goal.

    In my next training I will apply the information from your post to help my club, I will be sharing your post on my social media so that they can also learn from.your post.

  10. Thanks for this excellent post, it really covers some great variations for strikers and anyone who might find themselves with shooting opportunities. Hopefully, some of the younger coaches out there will use this to add to their training portfolio. Shooting under pressure is a must for any striker that is looking to optimise their chances of scoring goals, let’s face it, in today’s competitive arena the chances are becoming slimmer and slimmer.

    Practice in regards to using both feet is also high on the list. Being able to shoot with both feet is an attribute well worth having as it opens up many more options. This is something, that even today, should be taken advantage of, fully. This is just a small snapshot of all the different possibilities when it comes to training. How much time do you think should be spent on these types of drills and how important is it to include other player positions in the drills, as well as the forwards ?

    I enjoyed the video and any younger players looking to improve their techniques should pay close attention to how much ‘work’ the players were actually doing. There are plenty of videos out there that show too much time standing around talking. If you’re going to train, train hard. That will ultimately give you the edge, which might be the difference between winning and losing. 

    1. Thanks for the feedback Twack and good questions. You clearly have an interest in football. How much time you spend on any specific drill will depend on a number of variables including how many players and how proficient those players are, how long a training session is and how many drills you anticipate completing during the session. Depending on the drill I’d spend 10 to 15 minutes on each.



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