How to Train Long Distance Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shooting from a distance.

Start with a field that is 44 yards wide and 36 yards long (add a second 18 yard box to a regular one and it’s perfect). There is a goal on each end line and a midfield line. This is a 3 v 3 + 1 with keepers.

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The ball starts with a keeper and the rules are Continue reading

Take-Overs and Shooting Drill

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on takeovers and quick shots.

Start with two lines of players (no more than 5 players in a line) facing each other from 20 yards apart, 10 yards outside the 18. There is a “defender/dummy” in 5 yards closer to goal, in the middle. Also have a keeper in goal. One line of players starts with balls.

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The first player with the ball dribbles toward the other line and that first player then Continue reading

Shooting and Finishing From Wide

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on passing, movement, receiving and finishing.

This activity has a lot of running, passing and shooting. A keeper starts in goal, there is a player wide on each side, another player is near midfield and a target player is at the top of the 18. A few extra players are on the end line. The keeper starts with a ball.

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Quick Combinations and Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on small combinations and shooting.

Start with two groups of players. Three players in each group start in triangles outside the 18. In the example below, players 1, 2 and 3 make a group and players 4, 5 and 6 make the second group. There is a keeper in goal and extra players for each group.

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Player 1 starts with a ball and makes a quick pass to Continue reading

Quick Combinations Leading to Shots

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on quick combinations to get a shot hit.

Start with a target player at the top of the 18, a center midfielder with a ball 20 yards further out and two other central midfielders providing support. There is a keeper in goal.

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The ball gets played into the target player who then lays the ball off for one of the two supporting midfielders for a first time shot.

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The key is the two supporting midfielders don’t wait for the ball to be layed off in order for them to make their run, they are moving with the first pass and don’t know if they will receive the ball or not.

Do this a few times (rotating players into different roles) and then add a defender on the target player.

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Now the target player lays the ball off based on how the defender is positioned. He would want to lay the ball off away from the defender, if possible.

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Next add a second defender behind the first.

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Now we have the possibility of a 2, 3 or even 4 person combination to get the shot hit

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In the beginning, if the players pre plan their attack that is fine but ideally, you want them to build up to where they are reading the situation and reacting accordingly.

Have a great day!

Lawrence

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.