Outdoor Training Sessions | Shooting

Training - Shooting

Standard warm-up (5–10 min/hr)


This warm-up drill should be used at the beginning of all the sessions, including this  session. This warm-up is designed to:

  • Start the practice with some light activity for the players.
  • Improve the player’s skill handling the ball.
Field setup and video

Place cones to form a rectangular-box shape. The box should be big enough to gives players room to move but not too big that the players cannot see each other or they cannot hear your calls.  For example with 10 players,  create a box approximately 20 by 30 yards. This box will be used for the entire training session.

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Balls: One per player.

Player dribbles ball around within box using all sides of both feet and then does one of the following moves called out by the coach for a few seconds. Then coach calls out to dribble  before calling next move.

  • Toe tapPlayer quickly taps bottom of toes on top of ball alternating between right and left foot. Hide
  • ShufflePlayer passes ball between the feet while lifting legs and jumping slightly. Hide
  • Step overWithout moving the ball the player steps over ball to the right with the right foot and then steps over the ball to the left with the left foot. Hide
  • Circle right or left with inside of footUsing the inside of one foot, the player moves the ball clockwise with left foot or counterclockwise with right foot. Hide
  • Circle right or left with outside of footUsing the outside of one foot, the player moves the ball clockwise with right foot or counterclockwise with left foot. Hide
  • Roll ballStanding behind or beside the ball, the player rolls the ball forward, left or right using the bottom of foot. Hide
  • PullbackPlayer dribbles ball forward a couple of steps and then pulls the ball back with bottom of right foot while turning 180 degrees. Player then dribbles a couple of steps and pulls ball back with bottom of left foot while turning 180 degrees. Hide
  • Shield ballUsing a combination of the circle left or right and the pullback with right foot or left, player moves forward and back in a half circle  to shield the ball from a pretend opponent. Leave it up to the player, but the player should be encouraged to use the weaker foot an equal amount of time as the stronger foot. Hide

Option. To add some fun to the drill, get the players to count the number of times they do each move and have them call out their score to create a bit of competition.

Coaching points

Encourage the players to:

  • Keep the ball close to maintain control.
  • Move as quickly as possible.
  • Keep their head up as much as possible.
  • When applicable, use both feet and use both sides of the foot.

Technique: Shooting on goal (10–12 min/hr)


The purpose of this drill is to give the player an opportunity to work on the shooting technique.

Field setup and video

Setup additional cones along one end for dribbling through. Along the touch line, remove the cones until you reach the cone nearest the centre. Finally, make sure there are two cones together on the opposite touch line for a goal. The single cone near the centre on the touch line can also be brought in 5 yards closer to the goal.

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Balls: One per player.

  1. Have all the players get a ball and line up in the corner behind the line of cones.
  2. Each player dribbles their ball through the cones.
  3. The next player can start as soon as the lead player is half way through the cones.
  4. At the end of the cones, the player turns to the middle of the field and goes around the outside of the cone in the centre of the field.
  5. The player  dribbles a little closer to the goal before shooting the ball through the goal.
  6. The player retrieves their ball and then runs to the end of the line.
Coaching points
  • Use the laces for power when far away from the net and use the inside of the foot for accuracy when close to the net.
  • Encourage the use of the left foot when coming across from the right and the right foot when coming across from the left side.
  • Encourage one touch past the cone and then a shot.

Skill: 1 vs 1 with 1 goal (10–12 min/hr)


This drill encourages the player to setup and shoot more quickly by introducing a defender.

Field setup and video

Place one cone on each end line two-thirds of the way off the touch line.

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Balls: One team has one ball per player.

  1. Divide players into two teams and ask one team to put on the pinnies.
  2. Have each player from the pinnies side get a ball and line up single file in the corner beside the goal.
  3. Have the other team, which will start as the defenders, line up single file in the other corner beside the goal.
  4. On “Go!”, the player with the ball runs forward, around the cone, towards the goal and takes a shot on the goal.
  5. At the same time the defender runs around their cone and then tries to stop the offensive player from taking a shot.
  6. The offensive player retrieves the ball and runs to the end of their line.
  7. After three rotations, have the players without pinnies start with the ball three times.
Coaching points
  • Speed to the ball.
  • When they get the opportunity and see the net, take a shot.
  • Use the laces for power when far away from the net and use the inside of the foot for accuracy when close to the net.
  • Encourage the player without the ball to protect the net—“get goal side”—and stop the shot.

Small-sided game: Switch (20–25 min/hr)


The purposes of the small-sided games are to:

  • Let the players have some fun. Most players prefer to play a game to doing drills.
  • Give the players an opportunity to practice what they have learned.
  • Get the players ready to play a real game against another team.
Field setup and video

Remove any cones from inside the box and convert or make sure the end lines  have three goals.

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Balls: Coach keeps and feeds in balls one in at a time.

  1. Divide the players into two teams and have one team put on the pinnies.
  2. Divide each team into two groups.
  3. For each team, have half the team move into positions inside the playing field and the other half line up along their end line.
  4. On “Go!”, have one team start with the ball and try to get the ball into the other team’s goal.
  5. At appropriate intervals, such as when a goal is scored or the ball goes off the side, tell the players to switch. On “Switch”, the inside players move to the end line and the end line players move into the field. When necessary, to keep the game moving, the coach feeds new ball in to restart game.
  6. On restarts, use “Go!” and defenders can’t move until the first pass is received.
Coaching points
  • Help the players make the right decision on when to dribble, pass, and change direction.
  • This is where the following teaching techniques are used most: Direct command; Question and answer; Guided discovery.
  • Let the players play to get a flow going and give them a feel for a game situation, but look for opportunities to stop the play and teach them what they did wrong or right using one of the teaching techniques.