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Waves – Shooting and finishing game – Progression 2

Third in the series of progressive waves, pass, support and finishing games.


Teams combine together in threes to progress quickly down the pitch.


  • Pass into the shooting zone for a runner to take a first time shot to finish
  • Pass to a runner outside of the touch lines for a cross and finish

Key Coaching

Pass and Support

  • Early support play for the player on the ball. Good communication and angle and distance of support
  • Support where the player on the ball can easily see them
  • Stand still and support or movement to support for the ball to be passed into space
  • Using body language and verbal communication to connect with the player on the ball
  • Readjustment of support position – as the ball moves or is controlled in a different direction support player will need to adjust to support in a different way

Forward runs for forward passes

  • Recognition of player making the run of where the space is to run into
  • Timing and angle of forward run
  • Communication from forward  runner to passer, of when and where they want the pass
  • Quality of the ball from the passer – accuracy, timing and weight of pass


  • Positive attitude and decision – can the player shoot quickly
  • Head up to assess goalkeepers position and distance / angle to goal
  • Technique of shot – side foot, power, volley, first time or control and shot
  • Hit the target – accuracy over power when close to goal. Be calm and composed
  • Follow up for rebounds

Finishing from crosses

  • Crossers make runs outside of the touch line to receive the pass prior to crossing
  • Head up before crossing, identify areas to cross to
  • One runner near post, one far post
  • Time and communicate runs to meet the cross
  • Composed finish – hit the target
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