This session looks at maximising the potential of scoring goals from free-kicks. It does this by looking at ways of working the ball into the penalty box through intelligent and innovative routines, instead of continually shooting direct from outside of the box.
The session provides a variety of free-kick routines that involve thoughtful, clever and fast movement and combination play in attempting to catch out the opposition.
Repeated practising of set play routines will lead very quickly to an increase in good goalscoring opportunities, and that’s the most important ‘take out’ for any player.
What do I get the players to do?
We guide the players through a number of set free-kick routines. Each set-up is 10v10, and follows a bespoke pattern of movement, approach play and delivery.
We have annotated each individual free-kick to break down the multiple player moves that make each set-up unique.
Third-man run into the penalty box
The Zanetti goal (vs England, World Cup 1998)
The wide position overlap
The run and pass wall routine
What are the key things to look out for?
On each free-kick, it’s essential that players recognise the signal or trigger run. This is the start of the move and is the point at which attackers must be alert and ready to move.
Obviously the timing of that movement from each player within the set play is key, and they must be appropriate distances to and from the ball to make the approach play work.
The quality of the first pass must be good or the whole move fails, and once that delivery is made, quick combination play and one-touch precision football must follow.
Finally, when the ball is worked into a dangerous area, we’re looking for a positive and decisive finish into the goal.