Scoring by playing a possession game can be futile if the opposing defence is unbreakable. This long shot drill will help improve your chances of scoring from long distance to open up difficult games.
You need approximately half of an actual football pitch, cones to mark the zones and 2 full-sized goals that you can move to fit the size of the field. Mark two zones with a goal each as shown in the picture. If you can’t move your goals, you can use cones, agility poles or this convenient portable goal.
This drill is designed to be practised with 10 players: 6 defenders, 2 strikers and 2 goalkeepers. However, you can practice the drill with as few as 5 players: 2 defenders, 2 strikers and 1 goalkeeper. The pictures and video in this post use the 10 players configuration: 1 goalkeeper per zone, 3 defenders in each zone and 1 striker in each zone.
The drill is simple, attackers try to score and defenders attempt to block the shots. One striker attempts to score from a long distance while the other waits for a rebound or deflection to score. In addition to the basic football rules, follow these instructions:
You can add variations to this exercise. For example, you can make it a competition between strikers: the first striker to score x number of goals wins. You could also rotate players every time a goal is scored. This way everyone has a chance at practising long shots.
If the instructions are not clear for you, have a look at the images and video below.
This drill fulfils two purposes: improves the chances of your team scoring from long shots and prepares your defence to stop them. This exercise will improve:
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