Dimensions: 30 x 30, two goals at opposite ends. Place a cone a few feet from the right goal post at either side; this will be a start line. Split the players into even lines by either start line. The circuit will run anti clockwise.
Approximately half way between each start line and the goal place a line of cones (see animation for exact placement)
How to: One player from each line must dribble a ball towards the cones in the middle before moving quickly around them and taking a shot on goal. The players then collect their ball and move to the back of the other line, the next players in line start again.
NOTE: Two things are being tested in the animation. The line of cones represents a defenders range of motion. Players should aim to approach the cones head on before creating the space around the cones quickly and taking the shot on goal.
The two cones on the other side make a 2 yard gate running laterally. Players should approach the cones before cutting in/out through the cones and taking the shot on goal.
Coaching Points: Encourage players to be creative when making a move around/through the cones.
Strikers/Forwards don’t have to be the fastest players on the field, just able to create the space for an opportunity and take the chances when they are available. Players should attempt to take the shot the moment they have made the space.
Follow in on your shot/stay alert for rebounds.
Progressions: Add a midfielder by the middle cones. Players make a pass into their midfielder and continue their run. The midfielder lays the ball off to the side for the player to strike first time on goal if the pass allows. (be sure to rotate midfield players every few minutes.)
Add a goalkeeper at either side.
Players must now approach a cone in the middle and turn back before taking a placed shot on the goal nearest to them. They must collect their ball and return to their original start line for this.