"What part of soccer practice do
kids love? Soccer shooting

When conducting shooting practice, the coach should focus on basic shooting skills that will help develop good habits and sound technique.

Coaching the instep drive the technique is...

  • Toe down
  • Ankle locked
  • Knee over the soccer ball

What is the importance of the plant foot?

  • The player has to get the plant foot next to the ball, otherwise the player is just swinging with the leg.
  • If the player puts the plant foot in the right place the whole body is involved in the shot.

Where does the player strike the ball?

  • The foot should not go under the soccer ball otherwise the ball will rise.
  • Strike through the middle of the soccer ball.

How to keep the shot on target?

  • The player must keep their shoulders straight and head still.
  • The player should look at the target on approach.
  • The player should look at the ball when shooting.
  • The player must also land on the shooting foot after striking the soccer ball.
These are basic fundamentals and coaching points for the instep drive.


Players have to learn to hit different shots, like...

  • A ball rolling away.
  • A shot off the dribble.

How does the coach set up a shooting practices and games where players are developing the instep drive?

Warm up

Get the players warmed up at shooting practice by having the players working on instep work. Need more on instep work? Click here!

The coach will move into dribbling work to get the kids warmed up by setting up...

  • two lines of cones just outside the eighteen yard line facing the soccer goal.
  • March off five yards and place a two cones or flags to form a gate in front of the two lines of cones on the eighteen yard line.

The coach splits the players up into two groups. The players dribble through the cones using different parts of the foot.

Variations for dribbling...

  • The players have to dribble while using...
  • The left foot only.
  • The right foot only.
  • The outside of the foot only.
  • The Inside of the foot only.
  • Dragging the ball through the cones.
  • The players have to dribble through the cones and make a complete loop around the last cone in the line.

Once the players are warmed up and comfortable with the cone dribbling then the coach moves the players to the competition.

Shooting game set up

The coach sets up the game by having the...

  • The goalkeeper go's into goal.
  • If you have two keepers they can alternate - Great work for the keepers.
  • The players will be split into two teams and line up behind the two sperate lines of cones.

The game starts with the...

  • Two teams having a race to see who can dribble through the cones the quickest. The coach gives the kids a specific dribble to use like the right foot or the left foot.
  • The player that dribbles through the cones and makes it through the gate first will shoot on the goalkeeper.
  • The second player will go 1 on 1 with the goalkeeper after the first player shoots.
  • The game will last for five minutes - top point getter wins.
  • In case of a tie both kids shoot - keeper does the best they can to save a shot - don't worry about the other second one...

The variations for shooting...

  • Striking the ball with the instep.
  • Using the inside of the foot to finish.

This is a good variation and teaches the players when to blast the ball and how to just place the soccer ball into the net.

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