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This week I share some ideas for shooting and finishing activities that you can run indoors. You could use some of these activities either indoors or outdoors but they are more focused on the demands of the indoor game.
I think you’ll find some ideas in this episode that you can use next week with your own teams.
I had planned on this episode being focused on an indoor shooting and finishing session. But there are different indoor training environments. Some of us train in gyms while others train on indoor fields with boards around the outside. A lucky few have the opportunity to train in a large space with turf and goals. They can pretty much use any shooting session they would outdoors so I won’t be dealing with their situation.
So I’m going to share my favorite exercises to work on shooting and finishing in gyms and indoor arena fields. Sure, there’s some that can be done in both environments but others are more specific to one or the other.
Volley in Pairs Warm-Up
- Each player completes 10 volleys with the laces
- The server moves backward while the player volleying moves forward
- Switch when you reach the end of the field
- The player volleying moves backward
- Each player volleys and then moves to the right to volley from the next server
- Run to the start when you reach the end of the line
Cones are placed at the base of a wall, three yards apart. There is a line on the wall that is three feet from the floor.
The server takes the first shot. If the ball strikes the ball between the cones and under the line the next player takes one touch to control and then shoots. This continues until one player misses. The other player receives a point for every time his opponent misses.
Each match lasts two to three minutes. The player with the most points moves one goal to the left. The championship goal is the one on the far left. The winner there stays to defend first place. As an alternative, you can have the winner move to the left and the loser move to the right.
The key to this game is the rules. You must require the players to strike the ball properly each time. I say they must strike the ball with their laces and land on their shooting foot for the shot to count. If they do not, their opponent receives a point.
This will focus the players on shooting properly rather than just kicking the ball at the wall.
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- Two goals with a half line
- Team divided in half each on one side of the field
- Each team starts with two soccer balls
- Shoot from your own half to score in the other team’s goal
- Ball must be moving
- Allow younger players to hit a stationary ball
- No one is allowed to use their hands
- You can designate one goalie
- Or allow everyone to use their hands
- Give and go before a shot
- Throw the ball up for a volley
- Allow one player to be in the other half as a defender / striker
Player A checks out, changes direction back and then passes to Player B who opens up and passes to Player C. Player A makes a diagonal run and shows for a give-and-go with Player C. Player A turns to follow the shot of Player C.
Player A takes Player C’s spot and Player C retrieves a ball and joins the line on the opposite side (Line 1).
The same pattern is completed on the other side with Line 2.
Player A checks out, changes direction back and then passes to Player B. Player A follows her pass while Player B dribbles inside. Player B then passes the ball back to Player A on the outside.
Player B then makes a diagonal run to the corner to receive a parallel pass from Player A before playing a ball across the goal for either Player A or C to finish.
Player A checks out, changes direction back and then passes to Player B. Player A follows her pass while Player B dribbles inside and passes to Player C.
Player C then makes a diagonal pass to Player A who has made a parallel run to the corner. Player A then passes the ball across the goal for either Player B or C to finish.
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Next week I want to talk about breaking down and teaching the technical skills of the game. I’ll share what has worked well for me and what mistakes I’ve made that have changed the way I train my teams.