This U11 soccer practice plan focuses on shooting technique. We’ll introduce a variety of fun drills to help develop shooting fundamentals and apply those skills to game situations.

PHASE 1 - The Big Kick (0:00-0:15)

Setup:  Set up a couple of nets or goals and two lines of players equipped with balls at each one.

How It Works:

1.  Show the players how to go through the proper shooting form by planting the foot, creating a contact point, and then following through.

2.  Have the players do this and get them to kick the ball at the net.

3.  Most young players will want to try and kick the ball hard.

4.  Get them to slow down and try to keep things under control so they can learn to kick properly.

5.  You can ensure players that they will learn to kick it harder once they learn how to kick it properly.

PHASE 2 - Turn and Shoot (0:15-0:30)

Setup:  Divide your team into four pairs of four players. The pairs will line-up near the 18 on both sides of the field, two pairs at each 18. One line of players will be outside the 18 and facing the goal while the other players will have their backs to the goal and be inside the 18. They should be about 10 yds. apart.

How It Works:

1.  The players outside the 18 will pass to their partner inside the 18.

2.  Those players will trap the ball, turn, and fire at the goal.

3.  After a few turns, players will switch roles.

4.  Instruct the shooting player to have their head down, planted foot bent, and to follow through the kick landing on their kicking foot.

PHASE 3 - 5 vs 5 King of the Field (0:30-1:00)

Setup:  Divide your team into four pairs of four players. The pairs will line-up near the 18 on both sides of the field, two pairs at each 18. One line of players will be outside the 18 and facing the goal while the other players will have their backs to the goal and be inside the 18. They should be about 10 yds. apart.

How It Works:

1.  The players outside the 18 will pass to their partner inside the 18.

2.  Those players will trap the ball, turn, and fire at the goal.

3.  After a few turns, players will switch roles.

4.  Instruct the shooting player to have their head down, planted foot bent, and to follow through the kick landing on their kicking foot.

Water Break - 2 Minutes

PHASE 4 - Play and Apply (1:00-1:30)

Setup:   Set up a Goal at half field and split up teams.

How It Works:

1.  Play eight 7 vs 7 or 8 vs 8. Whatever your numbers permit. Adjust the field length and width as you see fit.

2.  Play two 15 minute halves and switch sides.

3.  Allow players to play and encourage them to shoot a lot, practicing proper technique and strength.

Cool Down and Stretch

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