Shooting in pairs

Start & organisation

  • Split group into pairs, each with a ball
  • Move around the area and ‘shoot’ through goals marked by cones/poles. The shot must go to a partner on the ‘other side’

Timings: 10-15 minutes
Pitch area: Large rectangle
Other rules: N/A


  • Players must aim ‘for the corners’ when shooting’
  • Players can use different types of finish e.g. driven shot, inside of the foot shot

What to look for

  • Are players using the inside of the foot as the dominant habit?
  • Are players scanning constantly to know where their partner is and where they can score?

What the coach can do

  • Demonstrate different types of shooting (or get players to demonstrate)
  • Set challenges for pairs based on ability (for example, challenging stronger players to shoot on their weak foot)