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Crossroads shooting and finishing drill

This is a progressive and intense rotating shooting and finishing practice, which is also a great workout for the GK's. Initially, the ball is passed into a conditioned striker, who has to finish in one of the goals. Immediately, another ball is passed and the striker has to finish in the other goal. Repeat, vary the speed, height and angle of the passes to test the striker. The session progresses to 2 strikers working together, then 2 attackers v 1 defender in and around the penalty area and then to 2 v 2 and 3 v 3 in and around the penalty area . Watch the video to understand the challenges and progressions for this shooting and finishing game.

Soccer Drills to improve dribbling
Soccer Drills to improve dribbling

When I was a young kid in London, the first professional game I ever saw was Fulham v Man Utd at Craven cottage. In those days the kids got passed down to the front of the crowd and I ended up pressed against the perimeter fence, literally  a yard from the pitch. That was the first time I fell in love. The object of my love, was a skinny lad playing for Man Utd, he had unbelievable dribbling skills. could turn on a sixpence, beat players for fun. Stop in a second and then accelerate like a Ferrari. He was the best dribbler I have ever seen. His name - George Best.

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