When to Shoot

When to Shoot - Soccer Shooting and Finishing Drill


  • Divide players into three teams of 5 or 6 players depending on numbers
  • Play to two large goals. If only one (or no) goals are available, make with cones.
  • Place a line of cones (18 yards from each goal) across center to act as a halfway line.
  • Two teams play (with GKs) and try to score on the opposing goal. 1pt if goal scored from attacking half, 3pts is scored from defensive half.
  • Play for 2 minutes and switch. Winning team stays on. If a tie, team that has been on longest goes off.


  • Always be looking to score! If you can’t, can you pass to a teammate who can?
  • Encourage players to be looking to go forward. We want lots of goals!
  • This game is quick! Encourage quick transitions and attacking with speed.
  • If there is space/time to shoot from outside the 18, take it. A poor shot on goal has more chance to go in than no shot on goal!
Goals Required: 
Balls Required: 
Players Required: 

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