The Complete Guide to 4 Soccer Shooting Drills for Power, Accuracy, and Agility

Power and accuracy are the most important techniques mastered to create the most efficient and effective shot on goal. Many players make the mistake of shooting the soccer ball at the net without purpose. You should always shoot the ball with a specific purpose. In other words, there are certain shot techniques you should be using depending on the scenario you are in.

Sometimes, an accurate shot is needed to place the ball in a specific spot on the net such as if you find the goalkeeper out of position. It wouldn’t make sense to just use a power shot when you catch the goalkeeper out of position. On the other hand, sometimes you do need a power shot. For example, if there is a loose ball inside the box after a corner kick and you have many defenders in front of you. That would be a scenario you might decide to use a power shot. The reason for this is because a power shot will enable the ball to travel directly in the direction of the goal at such fast speed that any deflection could be in your favor of the ball making its way into the net.

4 Soccer Shooting Drills

For more advanced players, mixing power with accuracy is a skill that is needed to reach the highest level. Mastering these types of soccer shots differentiates the good from the great. Not only is this a skill needed to score goals, it is also a skill for passing the ball. Accurate power kicks will enable you to effectively pass the ball to any player on the pitch.

To tie it all off, mixing agility movements into the drills will enable you to practice real in-game scenarios. At any point in the soccer game, you will be running and moving in all directions looking for opportunities to shoot. Agility is incorporated to improve shots under fatigue and pressure.

Below are the top 4 best soccer shooting drills you can do alone to get the most out of practicing power, accuracy, and agility. The soccer shooting drills are organized from easiest to hardest. More drills are added daily and can be viewed by visiting our training page.

Drill 1 – Sprint, Turn, and Shoot v1.0

The purpose of this soccer drill is to practice run up soccer power shots with quick turns. Each ball will be placed next to every other cone.

Training Scenario

There will be six (6) cones placed on the field and three (3) balls. The first will be the starting cone, where you will start the movement. The second cone will be placed straight from your starting point and the rest of the cones will be aligned in an ‘L’ shape as shown in the animation below.

Soccer shooting drill
Soccer shooting drill

Follow the running path as shown in the animation. As you approach each ball, focus on a specific target area on the goal and shoot with power. Immediately after shooting, make a quick agile turn towards the next cone and proceed to repeat until all the balls are in the net.

Equipment

This drill can be flipped to practice both feet on either side of the 18 yard box. If you have more than 3 balls, keep the second set of balls next to each cone so you can continue to repeat this drill without stopping. More drills are added daily and can be viewed by visiting our training page.

Drill 2 – Sprint, Turn, and Shoot v2.0

The purpose of this soccer shooting drill is to practice agile run up shots with balance. A soccer ball will be placed in each diagonal cone as shown below.

Training Scenario

There will be five (5) cones placed on the field and three (3) balls. The first will be the starting cone, where you will start the movement. The second cone will be placed diagonal from your starting point and the rest of the cones will be aligned in an ‘L’ shape as shown in the animation below.

Soccer shooting drill
Soccer shooting drill

Follow the running path as shown in the animation. As you approach the first ball, focus on a specific target area on the goal and shoot with accuracy. The following two balls you will focus on placing the ball in the net with power.

Equipment

This drill can be flipped to practice both feet on either side of the 18 yard box. If you have more than 3 balls, keep the second set of balls next to each cone so you can continue to repeat this drill without stopping. More drills are added daily and can be viewed by visiting our training page.

Drill 3 – Accuracy Technique

The purpose of this soccer shooting drill is to practice the accuracy shooting technique from outside the 18 yard box. A soccer ball will be placed next to every other cone.

Training Scenario

There will be five (5) cones placed on the field and three (3) balls. The first cone will be the starting position, where you will start the movement with a ball at your feet. Move forward with the first ball and once you reach the second cone, take the shot. Next, sprint to the third cone, where you will move forward with the ball to the fourth cone. At the fourth cone, take the shot. Finally, sprint to the last cone where the ball is at and shoot the ball while sprinting.

Soccer shooting drill
Soccer shooting drill

Follow run path as shown in the animation. As you approach each ball, make sure to focus on aiming at a specific location but with accuracy in the shot. Lean forward and follow through with the inside of your foot. Following through with the shot is one of the keys to having an accurate shot. 

After you complete this drill, evaluate your technique. If you feel like you are not accurately hitting the desired location, evaluate how far back or forward you are leaning. Continue to practice until you start to see improvements and continue with the same technique that was improved.

Equipment

This drill can be flipped to practice both feet on either side of the 18 yard box. If you have more than 3 balls, keep the second set of balls next to each cone so you can continue to repeat this drill without stopping. More drills are added daily and can be viewed by visiting our training page.

Drill 4 – Power Shot With Turn And Shoot

The purpose of this soccer shooting drill is to practice a power shot outside the box with a rolling ball and a turn and shoot movement inside the box.

Training Scenario

There will be six (6) cones placed on the field and two (2) balls. The first cone will be the starting position, where you will start the movement forward towards the second cone, where the first ball is located. Move forward with the first ball towards the third cone and half way, take a power shot on goal. Next, sprint to forward to the third cone, where you will make a sharp quick turn towards the 6 yard box, to the fourth cone. At the fourth cone, follow the ‘L’ shape sprinting movement around the cones. Finally, sprint to the last cone where the ball is at and make a sharp right turn, where you will take power shot on net, towards the corners of the goal.

Soccer shooting drill
Soccer shooting drill

The final shot in this shooting drill will act as a scenario where you are facing away from goal but received the ball. In a scenario like this, you have to either pass the ball back to another teammate that is open or in this case, act quickly by shifting right or left and taking a quick shot.

Soccer shooting drill
Soccer shooting drill

Equipment

This drill can be flipped to practice both feet on either side of the 18 yard box. If you have more than 3 balls, keep the second set of balls next to each cone so you can continue to repeat this drill without stopping. More drills are added daily and can be viewed by visiting our training page.


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