Soccer shooting drills

Coaching these soccer shooting drills will enhance your players’ ability to beat the goalkeeper from many different positions. Shooting is a core skill for any player and we show you some of the best ways to coach it. We look at shooting from dead ball situations, shooting while running, shooting first time, drive shots and how to make the ball bend, curl and dip. We show you some great soccer shooting drills and games to help you coach all your players.

  • Soccer drill to get players going for goal from kick off - As a soccer coach you will often get asked by parents what happened to the fun side of soccer. Well this soccer drill is not only fun but should produce creative, skillful soccer playing to add a bit of flair on match days.


  • Soccer coaching tips to enhance shooting accuracy - Use these basic soccer coaching tips to improve shooting accuracy and encourage players to take more shots.


  • How to kick a soccer ball with power - Tips for soccer coaches teaching players how to kick a soccer ball with power.

    If you can get your strikers to lose their markers and explode onto passes, they will be able to put more force into their shots and cause chaos in the opposition defence. Show them how to do this with the help of this acceleration soccer drill.



  • Fun game for kicking skills - It’s rare that I advise coaches to set up games and drills that require props, such as a wall, because not all soccer coaches will have access to one, but Slam is one game where it's worth making the effort.


  • Soccer drill to teach players how to do a bicycle kick - It’s the most impressive way to score a goal, so teach your players how to do a bicycle kick and they will be able to use it to great effect.


  • Soccer coaching tips to improve volley skills - One of the most effective skills for your players to work on in soccer training is the perfect volley, that is striking a ball which is still in the air.


  • Soccer drill to improve scoring instincts - This is an excellent soccer drill to get your players ready to score goals on match days. It’s all about improving shooting and heading skills. But most of all your players are going to have a lot of fun doing it.


  • Soccer drill for long range shooting - Long-range shooting has a big role to play in youth soccer. If you can, get a couple of early long-range shots in at the opposition goalkeeper before they have had a chance to settle down. You will often see them fumble the ball or not see it at all and give chances to players running in, or the ball will end up in the net because the opposition were not expecting the shot.


  • Soccer tactics for kicking the ball down the middle - If you play golf, you'll know that when you think of hitting a sweet drive, you visualise the ball going straight down the middle of the fairway and putting you in a great position to attack the green. Help your players handle the same situation on the pitch with the following soccer coaching tips and drills.


  • Soccer drill to help volley skills - Volleying is a skill which, if you get it right, puts the frighteners on your opponents. It also makes a fun soccer drill for players, seeing if they can put a few volleys together, keeping the ball off the floor.


  • Game to identify talented penalty takers - Every player loves taking penalties - even if they aren't very good at it. Practising penalties gives you a chance to look at your players' kicking skills and techniques and also lets you see who might be good to take penalties in a match.


  • One touch finish small sided soccer game - In soccer training drill sessions, players are more willing to try shooting from every angle possible. You need to build this confidence into your team, so they shoot when they see the opportunity on match day, too. This small-sided soccer coaching game is great for that. Try it and see for yourself.


  • Soccer drill to get strikers using either foot when they're shooting close to goal - This soccer drill focuses on making your strikers use their weaker foot close to goal so they're not twisting their bodies into unusual shapes to try and get their foot in the right position to score.


  • Soccer coaching tips to help attackers in 1v1 against the keeper - When a player is through on goal with only the goalkeeper to beat, it can be nerve-racking because they are expected to score. The following soccer coaching tips will help your players deal with this pressure.


  • Soccer drill to put 1v1 shooting skills to the test - To improve your attackers' chances of scoring in 1v1s, you need to test the skills discussed in Soccer coaching tips to help attackers in 1v1 against the keeper. Once you have told your players how to do this, advance the drill so they are receiving a pass and running into the penalty area.


  • Soccer drill to boost volley skills - Coaching your players to volley will give them the technique to score goals when the ball is bouncing or when they're receiving flighted passes. Use the following unopposed soccer drill and coaching tips to get them practising these vital soccer skills.


  • Soccer coaching session to get players combining for shots on goal - This soccer training session shows the advantage of forwards playing off each other and combining with the midfield to create scoring opportunities but it is designed for coaching advanced players. It will not work with young or inexperienced players.


  • Small sided shots on goal game - This is a simple small-sided soccer game to play in front of goal with your young soccer (football) players to get them shooting using their right and left foot.


  • Soccer drill to get players shooting across the goal - This soccer coaching drill session is about encouraging your players to shoot across the goal, giving the team two chances to score - direct from the shot or following up the rebound, if the goalkeeper makes a save.


  • Soccer coaching tips for strikers - A useful soccer coaching tip for your young strikers is to get them to make the 18-yard box their home, as 80 per cent of goals are scored from here.


  • Coach your strikers to be loners on the pitch - To maximise the skills and success of your young strikers, coach them in soccer drill sessions to become loners on the pitch, making sure they are always on the lookout for any opportunity to take on defenders one-on-one.


  • Soccer coaching tips for a mobile forward line - In your soccer drill training sessions, a good tip is to coach your strikers to show them how a mobile forward line will score goals.


  • Soccer coaching tips to combine fast thinking and foot speed - When you're coaching your strikers, a good tip is to get them to make the most of the speed of their thoughts and their feet. This is not just about getting pace on the ball with fast foot speed, but also using quick-thinking and decision-making skills.


  • Long shot soccer drill - Every player in your soccer (football) team should be able to shoot from a distance, especially your midfielders and attackers. And when they are running in on goal they need to be able to put in the tap-ins. Use this soccer drill to coach both these skills.


  • Soccer drill to get strikers shooting from a narrow angle - Young strikers need to be able to hit a shot across the goal when they are shooting from a narrow angle in the penalty area. Use these basic football tips and drills to coach your players.


  • Soccer drill to coach basic long distance shooting skills - Use this basic soccer shooting drill to get your players developing their long-distance shooting skills.


  • Basic football shooting drill - This is a great way to get all young football (soccer) players from under 4s through to under 16s having fun in front of goal, they will love trying to score in this basic football shooting drill.


  • Soccer coaching tips for shooting from a cross - When your players meet a cross from the wing in the penalty area, tell them to put the ball into the corners of the goal so the goalkeeper cannot reach it.



  • Soccer drill to control, turn and shoot - This soccer coaching session teaches players to create space and take a shot after they receive the ball with their backs to goal. It is an art for attackers to turn defenders when facing away from the goal, otherwise they will lose the ball.


  • Simple soccer drills for more accurate shooting skills - Getting your young soccer (football) players to concentrate on accuracy, rather than power, is one of the key points when coaching shooting skills. Focusing on accuracy at all age levels is more important. Power will come once players get their shooting direction right.


  • Soccer drill to get strikers back onside to score - Although this is a soccer coaching session to get strikers running back onside once they have taken a shot, it is also a good movement and agility soccer drill for all strikers to show their ability to move quickly to the ball when passed from different angles.


  • Fun finishing soccer drill - You can bet your life that if you spend most of your soccer coaching session working on scoring with the feet, the best chance on match day will be with your attacker's head, and they'll try to kick it!


  • Soccer coaching session to encourage shots from a distance - Goals are scored from a range of areas, not just from shots inside the box. Improving players' attitude and willingness to shoot from a distance will increase the team's chances of scoring.


  • Volleying to score soccer drill - There are some basic soccer skills which your players need to make them better players. One of these is the ability to volley the ball when it is bouncing or from a flighted pass. Use this soccer drill to help.


  • Soccer drill to get players shooting with their left or right foot - Attackers who can shoot with either foot have more opportunities to score, so your players will be much better placed if they can score with the foot that naturally takes the ball towards goal. Use this soccer drill to help your young players practise shooting using either their left or their right foot.


  • Turn and shoot soccer coaching drill - I watched a soccer coaching session this week where the attackers were being put through their paces in a shooting drill. They had their backs to goal and had to turn and hit the target with their first touch. These were adults playing for one of the top teams in England but the drill they used gave me a great idea for my youth teams.


  • Test your soccer players' shooting prowess - Rate your soccer players' shooting prowess with this three-shot test that calls for speed, touch, accuracy and confidence. Can they hit the top corners and score maximum points or will they play safe?



  • Soccer coaching drill for stylish and instinctive play by strikers - Try this attacking drill inspired by the game between Palermo and Inter Milan which took place in Italy. The two main men were Diego Milito and Fabrizio Miccoli. It creates situations that will keep a frontman's mind active – switching between measured approach play and first-time shooting.


  • Soccer coaching drill to improve shooting at goal from angles - How often do you see a player running with the ball straight at goal? I'm guessing very rarely, if at all. The only time recently I've seen one of my players run straight at goal was from a poor goal kick that only just got out of the area. So what do I do in practice? Run in single file to the penalty spot and shoot? No, I create angles for my players to practise shooting. Try this drill which will get your players firing the ball at angles to the goal.



  • Soccer coaching game for penalty taking practise - Every player loves taking penalties – even if they aren't very good at it. Practising penalties gives you a chance to look at your players' kicking techniques and also lets you see who might be good to take penalties in a match.


  • Soccer shooting drills - Here are 10 soccer shooting drills for coaches looking to turn their players into predators in front of goal. 

    Click on the headings for in-depth instructions on how to implement the soccer shooting drills.



  • Build soccer player's confidence to shoot at goal - If your attackers are shy when they get the ball in front of goal and either just kick in hope in the vague direction of goal or try and pass it away quickly they need a boost in confidence.


  • Soccer coaching game for accurate shooting - How often do you watch your striker reach great attacking positions only to then delay his shot, offering enough time for defenders to get back and put in a tackle? It’s a frustrating part of the game and something that’s certainly not exclusive to youth football!


  • Soccer coaching game to improve accuracy in shooting - How often do you watch your striker reach great attacking positions only to then delay his shot, offering enough time for defenders to get back and put in a tackle? It’s a frustrating part of the game and something that’s certainly not exclusive to youth football!


  • Soccer game to get players opening up different sides of the pitch - Switching play (moving the ball from one side of the pitch to the other) will allow teams to create significantly more space on a football pitch. And that, in turn, can lead to better goalscoring situations.


  • Soccer session combining key attacking elements - This session combines key attacking elements of passing, shooting and crossing. It moves quickly and positively, and ensures players use both feet.


  • How strikers should use angles like Ramires - One of the best goals I have seen in recent times is the one by Ramires in Chelsea's Champions League semi-final against Barcelona. He scored from an angle, chipping the goalkeeper with a classy finish.


  • 1v1 shoot and defend - Reacting swiftly is a vital part of any attacker's skill, especially when faced with different problems to solve in order to create goalscoring chances. The ball will be passed to the attacker and he might have to pass, dribble or shoot, depending on the scenario that opens up in front of him.


  • Attacking volleys at different heights - A few months ago, Fulham's Pajtim Kasami struck an amazing volley against Crystal Palace in the English Premier League.


  • Why this free kick results in a goal -

    When a free kick is given just outside the penalty area, the opposition often spends time arranging its wall while your attackers do the same. But how often do your players stand around and argue about who will take it and then just kick it harmlessly to the opponent? 





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