Category Archives: Finishing

Four Goal Chaos


If you have one (or two) big goals (I’m assuming I won’t have four big goals), you could restrict the shooting, i.e. after two small-goal-shots, you have to shoot at the big goal with a goalie.





Rotating Shooting Pattern


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Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Finishing, Passing, Shooting


Volley Technique (Video)

(Realized too late that I hadn’t recorded the sound for the video; apologies about that.)

This clip is from the US v New Zealand friendly last night (10-11-16).

I realize too that there are plenty of good volleys out there but I just happened to grab this from the US Soccer highlight reel. (And a great save by the keeper.)

Interesting to note too that he doesn’t follow through all the way. I suspect that is because he’s a bit behind the ball (you’ll notice that his knee isn’t over the ball); by not following through, he keeps the ball low. A full follow through there, I suspect, would have skied the ball.


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7 v 7 Quick Break to Attack

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Fast Feet, Sharp Shooting [from 4-4-2 Performance]

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Striker Training (Beast Mode Soccer via

I didn’t like this drill at first; it seemed too contrived for my team / the level at which they play. But as I looked at it more and saw it in action, I realized that it fit this growing interest in simulating game situations, in the sense of creating ‘muscle memory’, so to speak, for situations (rather than for, say, individual moves). Not that I think that the exact scenario below will occur in a game, but I like the focus on the positive first touch, on the different moves, and on the finish with a shot. Not sure I’ll use it with my team, but wanted to have it to at least consider.

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Breakaway Basics for Goalies (SCCC 2016, Raber)


  • Begin with still ball on the ground with goalie behind and ward in front
  • Forward fakes a shot
  • Goalie collects ball
  • Keep ball on ground
  • Elbows slightly bent for strength
  • Top arm in front of head for protection (if actual forward kicks through, she kicks arm and not face)
  • Next, goalies have player maybe 10 yards away
  • Goalies begin with ball and roll ball to player
  • Goalies follow ball, staying low, and staying big
  • Next, field players maybe 20 yards from goal with coach as server
  • Coach serves ball toward goalie and field player chases ball
  • Begin with easy balls for goalie to collect; not breakaways 
  • Progress with tighter and tighter balls
  • Keepers should be calling out Keeper
  • Angle and weight should be varied
  • Next, serves come from the side, almost parallel to the goal mouth
  • Progression: add a group on the opposite side; goalie makes the save and distributes to the opposite side