Dealing With Unsighted Shots

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the Goalkeeping Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on unsighted shots.

An unsighted shot is one where the keeper doesn’t have direct vision of the ball. In this activity we are going to recreate the situation with the use of dummy’s.

Start with a keeper in goal and a couple of shooters just outside the 18. There is a dummy (some people call them mannequins) in front of the shooter and ball between the shooter and the dummy. The purpose of the dummy is to prevent the keeper from being able to see the ball.


One of the players takes a quick touch to get the ball to the side of the dummy and hits the shot.


The keeper doesn’t know which of the shooters is going to shoot nor which side of the dummy the shot will be coming from. For the shooters part, it’s important for this to be a quick short touch and then a shot (we don’t want a hard touch and then run after, as can be seen below).


This is a good activity for field players as well as they get to practice beating a defender and shooting quickly.

Next, have the shooters start further back so they dribble at the dummy, make a quick move and a shot.


The keeper will know which player is shooting but not which side of the dummy the shot will come from.

You can also had other dummy’s which will result in even more difficulty for the keeper to see as well as adding possible deflections.

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If you don’t have dummy’s use players, cones, benches etc

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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