01 May 2015
Diamonds Shooting Game Progression 2
This progression to the Diamonds Shooting game is designed to encourage rotational play, team work, communication and finishing. This game has the following challenges.
- All the players in each team are numbered. The players have to organise themselves to make sure each numbered player in their team scores.
- First challenge is to see which team can get their players to score in any order first, but they all most score.
- The second challenge is to see which team can organise themselves to be the first team to ensure their players score in numerical order.
- Suggested area size. 30 – 35 yards long x 15 – 20 yards wide.
- Position a full size goal in the middle of the pitch with a GK. The GK keeps goal from both sides
- There are two strikers in each of the areas –either side of the goal, they are the close range finishers
- There are two mobile servers at each end of the pitch, there job is the field the ball and pass into the strikers to finish inside the penalty areas
- There is a spare GK, with footballs on the side of the pitch by the goal. If a ball goes out of play they restart the practice by throwing the ball to the servers at either end. They also rotate with the GK in goal
- If the GK saves the ball, they throw to the servers at the opposite end from the shot
- If a shot goes past the goal, it goes through to the opposite servers who pass into the strikers to look to score
- Play rotates end to end with lots of shots
- Strikers’ movement to find space and receive the ball in the area
- Positive attitude and decision – can the receiving player shoot quickly and accurately
- Ball in front and out of feet, to enable the head to be up and assess the GK’s position and distance / angle to goal
- Decision of first time shot or control and shoot.
- What are the factors that will influence this decision? Pace of the ball, height of the ball, body position – facing goal or away from goal? How much time there is?
- Decision of technique of shot to use – side foot, power shot, volley.
- Application of the correct finishing technique – Part of foot? Area of ball to strike? Body position?
- Clever play, turning and shooting, dribble and shoot
- Hit the target – accuracy over power when close to goal. Be calm and composed
- Timing of movement to follow up for rebounds and make the goal big for angled shots
- Finishing from crosses – timed movement to leave and attack space.
- Finishing from crosses – use the pace of the ball to deflect the ball into the goal
- Clever, quick, combination play and communication between strikers to create realistic finishing opportunities
- Support player – angle and distance of support to try and face the goal when receiving the pass to make the shot easier