Four Goal Finishing Drill

The following comes from Don Herlan (Smedley). Much more like this can be found from Smedley on his site at


Player A begins the drill with a run from the goal post into the center, turning right at the mannequins. The Feeder sets the ball back from the end line for Player A to finish. After shooting, Player A replaces the player who fed him the pass, and the Feeder moves over to the shooting line (D). The drill continues in a counter-clockwise direction, with players starting the next run as soon as the shot is taken (or earlier, at the coach’s discretion). After 5-10 minutes, the drill changes direction.

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Coaching Points:

  1. Once you are past the mannequins, slow down your run in order to adjust to the pass.
  2. Just make solid contact as opposed to overpowering the ball.
  3. Approach the ball from a forty-five degree angle rather than coming straight on.


Progression 1 – Work on breakaway finishing and go 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper.