15 Jan 2017
Waves – Shooting and finishing game – Progression 1
Second in the series of the waves – rotating shooting and finishing games. In this game the focus is on first time shooting and finishing and turning to shoot.
- Organise players into groups of threes
- Organise an area of about 50 x 20 yards. Adjust to suit the age and ability of the players
- Appropriate sized goals at either end of the area, with GK’s
- Position shooting lines – 10 – 15 yards from the goals. Players must shoot before this line.
- The game is a competition to see which team can score the most goals from an agreed number of attempts. Rebounds count
- Teams still need to pass and move quickly in teams of threes to create and take finishing opportunities.
- Players pass and move in teams of threes in a wave like fashion, looking to move down the pitch quickly, to look to score.
- Progress to score with a first time shot
- Must turn before shooting
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
Turning to finish
- Get a player to position themselves so the ball can be played into them in and around the finishing line
- Body position – open, look over their shoulder before turning
- Use different and appropriate turns – back foot: roll: let the ball run – no touch turn
- 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