Teams of 3 or 4 play opposite each other on a small pitch, with a goal at either end. They must work the ball around in their half until space for a shooting opportunity arises.


Soccer shooting drills

Aim: To improve shooting technique

Suitable for: U8’s and upwards

Equipment: 2 goals, cones, balls by both goals.


Split the group in to two teams. Players line up in any formation. The game is played 3 v 3 + 2 goalkeepers. Each team stays in their own half of the field. The keeper serves the ball to any player who can either shoot or set up a team mate to shoot. The opposite team can try and block shots. If a goal is scored or the ball goes out of play the opposite goalkeeper can serve the ball. Progressions:

  • Must be high tempo
  • Limit touches
  • Each team must pass 3 times before shooting
  • Alter length / width of area
  • 5 goals wins the game

Coaching Points

  • Accuracy of shot
  • Fast, crisp passing to utilise gaps
  • Shot selection (driven, side foot placed, lob, curl, etc)
  • First touch away from opposition to find gaps in the defence