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You have to shoot to score!

And here are six drills that will help your players learn how to do it

In analyzing a game at almost every level, the soccer coach has to ask himself: Where are the shots on goal (who shoots, from where, and how often)?

I've always believed that at the high school or college level, you need six shots in order to score a goal. And that is why there is so little scoring in soccer.

When we classify anyone as a scorer, it's not because he tries to beat every opponent and dribble into the back of the net. He is, rather, a player who will seize every opportunity to strike on goal.

I have seen players refuse to shoot whenever they've had defenders between the ball and the goal. That could be a mistake. As a former goalkeeper, I know that defenders between the ball and the goal often make it difficult to see the ball or the shot coming off the foot.

The moral is plain: If you want to score goals, you have to shoot whenever you get the chance.

The following drills are designed tO improve the quality and the quantity of shots and to enable the coach to discover his true goal scorers.

Drill 1: The attacker passes forward to the server, who lays the ball off for a first-time shot. The server delivers the ball to both the left foot and the right foot of the striker.

In the second phase of the drill, the server will turn and follow up the shot.

Drill 2: D-1 or D-2 begins the drill with a pass to A-1, who then tries to beat D-1 and strike on goal. It is not important for him to beat the second defender before taking the shot. This will give the attacker practice on shooting against a defender between the goal and him.

Players can rotate or each can take 5 to 10 shots on goal.

Drill 3: A-1 shows for a pass from the server or coach, passes to A-2, and overlaps, as A-2 passes to A-3. The receiver then passes to 1 for a first-time shot on goal from outside the penalty area.

Players rotate as the coach looks to serve each of them.

Drill 4: The server plays to one of the players in the penalty box, who then becomes the attacker while the other three become defenders. The play always begins with the serve from outside of the penalty box. The objective is to shoot on goal under pressure.

Drill 5: Two teams (A and B) play 5 v 2 in an area the size of two penalty boxes with full-size goals. Each player on the third team (C) is asked to chart a member of Team A.

They record the following information: (1) number of shots on goal and where the shot went. For example: left-footed shot - high and wide to the left, on target, etc. (2) number of missed opportunities.

The teams play 10 minutes and then sit down to analyze each member of Team A. The smallness of the playing area creates several shooting opportunities. (Note: It is important for players to bring paper and pencils to record their shots.)

The objective of the analysis is for each player to become aware of missed opportunities and missed shots and to consider the number of shots and/or the quality of them.

After 10 minutes, Team C replaces Team B and plays a new 10-minute game against A.

Drill 6: A 5 v 2 game in the condensed area in which the X's try to beat defenders 1 and 2 for a shot on goal. They may not enter the attacking half of the field and Team O cannot block shots.

However, X1 and X2 may follow up shots and score on a rebound. They must stay in their attacking half and cannot receive passes from teammates. The objective is to create shooting opportunities and to strike on goal vs defenders between the ball and goal. Coach point: Analyze the quality and quantity of shots taken.


Given the few shooting opportunities in a game and the concentration of defenders in the goal area, it is imperative for the players to take advantage of every chance to strike on goal. Even though I am proposing quantity, this does not mean that the quality is unimportant. Every player must know his range and ability to shoot with his weak leg!

Remember, anytime you can increase the quantity of your shots on goal, the more goals you should be able to score.
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Title Annotation:how to score in soccer
Author:Barry, Bob
Publication:Coach and Athletic Director
Date:Nov 1, 1997
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