Four Finishes

WHY USE IT:

This session will put a stop to wasted chances up front. It allows your players to experiment with their technique and get used to hitting the target with a snap shot or when finishing off a move.

SET UP:

Use the penalty area of the pitch you play on or recreate it with cones. The session uses nine players plus a keeper. You need lots of balls, bibs, cones and a goal. You needs to start each sequence with the first pass from off the pitch.

HOW TO PLAY:

Split your group into three even lines for Groups 1, 2, and 3 and start with a pass from the Feeder to Player 1. Run the drill as described and the players should work at a quick pace, speeding up as the session progresses. Keep a count of the number of shots they take in 30 seconds and try to beat it each time. 

-You start with a pass to Player 1, who shoots at goal (first time or with a touch to control) and then runs around his cone to pick up a ball and get ready to make a diagonal pass.

-The moment Player 1 shoots is the trigger for Player 2 to dribble the ball through the cones and shoot before he gets to the penalty spot.

-After shooting, Player 2 runs around Group 3 and down the wing. He picks up one of the waiting balls and gets ready to cross.

-While Player 2 is running towards the end line, Player 1 passes diagonally to an advancing Player 3, who shoots at goal.

-Finally, Player 1 and Player 3 make runs to try to score from a cross by Player 2

-At the end of the sequence, the players collect their balls (hopefully from the back of the net) and each player joins the back of the next line: 1 to 2, 2 to 3 and 3 to 1

TECHNIQUES:

Players should use their arms for balance and plant the standing leg next to or slightly behind the ball, striking it just below the centre. Coaches should look for players to use different parts of their foot (or their forehead with shot four) and make the correct runs with good delivery of passes.

COACHING POINTS:

1.  Angle your approach to the ball so that you can shoot at all four corners of the goal.

2.  Look up as you make your last dribble touch so that you can deal with the goalkeeper.

3.  Communicate on the cross and call players off if it's your ball to finish.

Players Required: 
12-15

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