Grassroots Coaching

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.

waves prog 2 structure


  • Progress to score with a first time shot
  • Must turn before shooting

waves prog 3 key coaching

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

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



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