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Soccer Shooting Drills

Soccer shooting drills are the best way to improve players shooting ability. Repeated shots, and the right technique lead to kicking the soccer ball with power and accuracy.

Taking as many shots as possible is the best way to develop, and improve shooting through repetition.

It takes a lot of hard work, and many repeated shots on the ball to develop the shooting skill with the correct technique, and the right timing.

Great way to let the game teach you shooting is by using a wall, garage, or a rebound goal. 

Dont use power, instead concentrate on the technique; making firm contact on the ball, ankle locked, eyes on the ball, body coming over the ball and striking through the ball, back and forth off the wall, garage, or rebound goal.

Soccer Shooting Technique

Playing indoor soccer, futsal, or street soccer will help players get more shot attempts due to the nature of the game being more fast paced with less players, and smaller space. Small sided games are the roots of every great soccer player in the world.

Soccer shooting drills improve shooting skills due to repetition, and muscle memory. Being consistent with training makes our brain memorize the motion, including the position of the body, so that we can perform from muscle memory during the games.

Conditioning, or the level of fitness, plays a big role for players ability to shoot, pass, defend, or think in a fast paced competitive game.

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This soccer drill can be done with small pug goals, and smaller space (without the goalie).

Players will take many shots, with time to concentrate on their contact with the ball, with minimal, or no defending around.

Concentrate on the right shooting technique, instead of going for power.

Soccer Shooting Technique

Over time, repetition will form into a habit, and power added to a trained technique will lead to much better shooting skills.

Firmly hit the soccer ball while keeping your eyes on the ball, forcing your body to cover the ball and follow through with a nice firm contact with the ball.  

INSTRUCTIONS

  • A coach, or one of the players will take a position in front of the goal, at a distance comfortable for players age and shooting ability.
  • The rest of the players will take one soccer ball each, and line up further up the field (again depending on the age and skill of the players).
  • Player with the ball makes a pass forward to the player in front of the goal. Player will follow his/her pass, and shoot the ball from the lay off pass made by the player in front of the goal.
  • Player/Coach laying off the pass can pass the ball back on the ground, or in midair.
  • Players will want to use both feet when taking shots with this soccer shooting drill.
  • Before taking shots, look at the target, and where you want to kick the soccer ball.

VARIATIONS

  • Modify this soccer shooting drill with a defender. He/she will have a delayed start behind the player shooting the ball. When the player with the ball takes off, defender will wait for a 5 m/yd advantage, and try to catch up and block the shot.
  • Players will switch roles.
  • Limit touches to 1, 2, or 3 touches on the ball. This will give players time to set up for a shot.

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Perform this soccer shooting drill at game like pace.

Soccer Shooting Technique

SET UP

  • Place 2 cones, each cone at the edge of the penalty box, or 10 - 20 m/yd away from goal (depending on player age and skill level).
  • Goalkeeper will take a place in goal, unless you are using small pug goals, than there is no need for a goalie.
  • Split players into two groups, and position them on each side of the goal, behind the goal line.
  • Split up the soccer balls, half on one side, half on the other side. Every player should have a ball.

SOCCER SHOOTING DRILLS - INSTRUCTIONS

  • First player in line will dribble the soccer ball using short quick touches to the cone.
  • Player will turn around the cone and follow up with a shot on goal. Players will use their left, or right foot, depending on what side they started the drill on.
  • Encourage players to attempt this shooting drill at a game like pace.
  • Once the player takes the shot, he/she will go to the opposite side, and shoot with the opposite foot next.
  • Modify this soccer drill with punishment for every missed shot in the form of situps, pushups, short sprints etc...
  • Limit kicks to Inside Shots, Outside Shots or Laces.

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This is a great shooting drill for individual soccer training, and players who have 3 - 6 soccer balls to use.

This soccer drill is fun for the players of all ages, especially after they get the hang of it, and the drill starts moving faster. Players take shots on goal, with a little direction change and conditioning involved.

Technique always comes before power and speed of execution. Young players need to constantly be reminded of that. Most of the time, power shots are really hard, but off target or straight at the goalkeeper.

Instead, encourage players to look at the goal and aim where they want to kick the soccer ball, using the correct technique; eyes on the ball, body covering the ball, ankle locked, and striking through the ball.

Any soccer skill can be improved with repetitive training, and dedication.

SOCCER SHOOTING DRILLS - SET UP

  • Place 4-6 soccer balls in front of the goal, 10 - 20 m/yd away, or at a comfortable distance for the players age and skill level. Distance soccer balls 1 - 2 m/yd apart from one another.
  • Place one cone in between every two balls, 10 - 20 m/yd behind the soccer balls.
  • Players will line up 10 - 20 m/yd behind the cones.

SOCCER SHOOTING DRILLS - INSTRUCTIONS

  • First player in line will run up to the first soccer ball, and take a shot on goal.
  • After the shot, player will sprint, or backpedal, back and around the cone, than take another shot on goal.
  • Player will keep running back and around the cone for every shot.
  • Smaller groups of players can take all 6 shots. When there is a bigger group of players, they will want to set all the balls in their shooting range, and every player takes 2 - 3 shots, then runs to get the balls back. This makes the drill move a lot faster.
  • Make it a competitive game by splitting players up into two teams. Each tam starts at the opposite side of the cones. Players start at the same time, trying to shoot more balls than the other team.
  • Modify this soccer shooting drill with beck pedaling after the shot, instead or normal running.
  • Go all the war around the cones.
SOCCER SHOOTING DRILLS