Grassroots Coaching

Waves – Shooting and finishing game – Progression 3

Fourth in the series of progressive waves, shooting, pass, support and finishing games. In this game we look at switching play quickly and how the potential chaos of two teams playing in different directions at the same time, can be massively beneficial to the head up development and spatial awareness of players.



  • Switch play before shooting
  • Both teams play at the same time – competition to see which team can score first

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

Shooting and Finishing

  • 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

Both teams playing at the same time

  • Head up be aware of where team mates and opposition players are
  • Look before passing, be composed


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