How To Run Soccer Drills For Attacking

Step-by-step Instructions

Here is what you need to do...
Step 1

The first thing to do is recognize that both power AND accuracy are going to be required for optimum performance as a forward. This may seem like a no-brainer, but I've seen people neglect developing an accurate shot to their detriment. Don't let this be you! With this in mind, give equal time and attention to each of the drills described here.

Step 2

One great drill for use with small sized goals such as the PUGG 6-footer, is to play one-on-one games. Set up two goals 10 yards apart and play games to 10. This drill is effective for a couple reasons. It enhances skills and brings about better accuracy. However, (perhaps more importantly) it also establishes a sense of urgency and helps a forward to capitalize on the small windows for shooting he creates. Just like in a real game, there is no time to set up the perfect shot.

Step 3

Now for the favorite practice of every striker... shooting. A regular goal will do when a goalie is present who can feed the ball back out, but getting a bounce back net will allow you to practice more effectively on your own. Pick out spots and try to hit them consistently (switching it up of course when shooting on a keeper). Work up to shooting with full power. A shot isn't worth much if it's off target or kicked right at the goalie. Another note: Don't practice shooting with the ball sitting still. Kick it moving, as you will never have a ball sitting still in front of the goal in a real game unless it's a set piece.

Step 4

Take a lap. One should never underestimate the importance of speed and endurance as a forward. Long runs will increase your stamina, while running suicides and sprints will give you a quicker 0 to 60 and the ability to change direction on a dime that you need to take your game to the next level.

Step 5

Combine speed and shooting. Now it's time to merge your running with the practice of scoring. After all, you'll be doing both in the big game. A fantastic way to simulate shooting in a game is to start at the goal and sprint out 20 yards, touch the ground, then loop around to receive a pass in front of you, and shoot. Alternate shooting one timers and taking a touch to set up your shot.

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Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

The most important thing is to be consistent with practice and to cover all your bases as a forward: Power, accuracy, skills, and speed.

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When did you first do this & how did you get started?

Striker has been my position pretty much since the first time I kicked a soccer ball. When I got into high school and started playing ball for my school, I began to see dramatic improvement in my game. One of the reasons for this sudden shift, I eventually realized, was that my coach was running us through some difficult but rewarding drills designed to get us to finish often and consistently.

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