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I have watched with growing concern as strikers in the NMMU Vodacom CFL continue to miss golden chances because of an inability to shoot early. It's not a problem of dribbling in front of goal (this is a separate problem on its own) but rather the strikers take too long to "pull the trigger". By the time that they decide to shoot, either the defender has recovered and blocks the ball or the keeper has cut down the available angle significantly that he can make a save.

Here's a drill which pressures your strikers to shoot as soon as an opportunity presents itself:

SPEED GOALS

A shooting drill that has 4 lines, 2 goals and 2 keepers. The goals are approximately 30 m apart. As soon as the player in Line A touches the ball going to Goal 1, the first player in Line D takes off to defend against him. The whole purpose of this drill is to work on taking an early shot and really get to goal quickly and hard rather then slowing down and trying to turn the game into a 1 v 1 contest with the defender.

Speed
 

While Lines A and B are going to Goal 1, Lines C and D are doing the same thing to Goal 2. Players should rotate lines and the lines can be moved around a bit to create different angles to work from. The players work on dribbling at speed, hitting a shot when the opportunity arises, finishing and following, closing the space when defending, angles, communication between a defender and keeper, as well as goalkeeping. Plus, if done at speed, conditioning is built into the exercise.

Disclaimer: The drills explained here will not guarantee the success of your team! Some teams were never meant to win the NMMU Vodacom CFL title - that's what happens when you put your friends in the team and leave the new players on the bench!