Shots from outside the box are more effective than many believe. Your team can score directly from a long shot or a secondary situation such as a rebound. This long-distance shooting drill will improve your team’s chances of scoring from long shots.
You don’t need an actual football field to practise this drill, but you need enough space, cones to mark the pitch, full-size goals and a few balls. If you can’t get hold of goals, use cones or preferably agility poles to mark them. Distribute the cones to mark a field as shown in the picture below. If you have a full field, you can use half of it and set a second goal in the midline of the field.
Ideally, you want to practise this drill with 14 players (6 players and a goalkeeper per team). This number of player simulates a 4 players defensive or midfield line and 2 strikers (4-4-2). However, you can play with fewer players (a minimum of 2 players and 1 goalie per team).
This drill is a more complex variation of a game that we shared in a previous post. The objective is to practice scoring from long-distance and second chances. On the other hand, teams also practice defending against long shots. The instructions for this drill are:
There is nothing more frustrating than a team with excellent ball control but zero attempts at goal in a game. This long-distance shooting drill encourages players to attempt long shots during a game. It also helps to open games in which your opposition is playing an extremely defensive tactic and it is almost impossible to break through their defensive line. While the focus of this game is to practice shooting, the 4 players in the defensive zone and your goalkeepers will also practice stopping long-shot attempts. This exercise will improve:
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