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Football Coaching to improve close range finishing # 2

Football Coaching to improve close range finishing # 2.


This is the first progression to the first close range finishing # 1. See organisation and structure at bottom of page.
In this progression, the players are set challenges, these being:

  • Challenge # 1 – Players must score with a first time shot – rebounds count
  • Challenge ¬†# 2 – Players must score with a turn and shot
  • Challenge # 3 – Goal must be scored from a pull back pass
  • Challenge # 4 – Goal must be scored from¬† through ball that the striker runs onto from a fielding player
  • Challenge # 4 – Strikers must combine with a give and go and then score

The competition is not to score in the challenge order – 1 – 5, but to score with all of the above type of challenges. The first set of strikers who score all 5 challenge goals wins. The goals must be game realistic and the coach decides if they are game realistic and count.

Watch the video to understand the structure and challenges

The set up for the practice is:

  • Area 35 – 40 yards in length, or to suit the age and ability of the players
  • 15 – 20 yards wide
  • Full sized goal in the middle, with a goalkeeper, who plays both ways.
  • 2 x fielders at both ends, these are like midfield players and field any footballs that come their way and pass quickly back into the strikers
  • 2 x strikers who play in each penalty area and look to be positive and score every time the ball is fed into them
  • Spare GK, who rotates with the GK in the goal. Good supply of footballs


  • Ball is thrown from the spare GK to either of the fielders, this starts the game any time the ball goes out, this is the restart.
  • Fielders move to get the ball and pass the ball into the strikers on their side of the goal.
  • Strikers react to create space and receive the pass.
  • Strikers look to be positive and realistic and via individual skill, turn and shoot, or quick, clever combination play, look to get a quick accurate shot onto the target.
  • The second striker who doesn’t shoot follows up for rebounds.
  • If GK saves the ball, they throw the ball quickly to the fielders at the opposite end to the shot and practice is repeated
  • If ball rebounds from GK, second striker looks to score from the rebound.
  • If goal is scored, ball is allowed to run through to the fielders at the opposite end and practice is repeated in the is wave like, end to end fashion.
  • Ball goes out of play, second GK throws to the fielders and repeat practice
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