Shooting requires perfection in both accuracy and power. The only way to master both attributes is to learn the proper technique, then practice. These soccer shooting drills will help you to practice.
Most of these drills require a partner. If you don’t have a partner, there’s always old fashion shooting on goal. If you can, at least bring a goalie along.
Individual Shooting Drills
Don’t use not having a goal as an excuse! If you have access to a goal, by all means use it. However, if you don’t, use anything to practice. You can shoot at a sturdy fence for instance. Also, using a goalie with these drills is great, if you have access to one.
Every time you shoot, the ball will be moving or you will be dribbling. This drill accounts for this.
Take a touch with the inside of your foot and shoot. Take a touch with the outside of your foot and shoot. Use both feet. Roll the ball forwards and shoot. Try different variations.
This drill will take the skills you practiced in drill 1, and make it more game-like.
Dribble then shoot. Repeat the variations from drill one. Dribble, then cut to the outside and shoot, cut to the inside, etc. Start off slow, then increase speed when you are more comfortable.
In a game, you usually won’t get a free shoot. You often have to dribble past defenders to shoot. Now we will add in defenders.
Position cones before your shooting area. You first need to beat these cones before shooting. You can cut before you reach the cone or try a move. You should also position one cone at your shooting area. Fake a shoot, and cut away from this cone before shooting.
This drill will help you to become accustomed to shooting from different places.
Set up balls randomly around your shooting area. Take a touch, shoot a ball, then sprint to the next one and repeat. Remember to practice ball-peak ball with this drill. That is, look at ball to take a touch, take a peak at the goal, then stare at the ball while you shoot.
Shooting Drills With Partner
These shooting drills can be performed with a partner. If you have more than one partner, the extra partner can lightly defend you during the drills.
Sometimes in a game, you will pass the ball and your teammate will lay it off to you. This is a great scoring opportunity. This drill models that.
Have a partner stand back against the ball. Play the ball to your partner and have him lay it off to you. Strike the ball into the goal. Have your partner lay it off to both sides and use both feet.
You can vary this drill in many ways. Try taking a touch before shooting or shooting one touch. Have your partner flick the ball up or through the ball in the air. You could even take the ball with speed to the goal and finish.
Many times in a game, you will receive a pass and shoot. This drill attempts to mimic that situation.
Stand at the top of the box. Have a partner pass you the ball, receive it, and shoot. You can also make a run to the top of the box and receive the pass. You can also had your partner pass it to you and shoot from a long distance.
Sometimes crosses are placed on the ground. When you receive one you want to be ready, as this is an easy scoring opportunity. This drill will allow you to practice finishing crosses.
Have a partner cross you the ball on the ground. Shoot the ball into the corner with either one of two touch. It is especially important to get your body in front of the ball on this drill because you will receive very hard pressure in the box.
Become a Better Shooter
Our Soccer Shooting Guide is the most in-depth guide to shooting on the net. It is a collection of many articles, that will develop you shot from the ground up (if you choose). Players who read and implement the guide notice drastically improved shooting ability