How to Train Long Distance Shooting

By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

Welcome to the FineSoccer Drills Newsletter. Today’s featured activity works on shooting from a distance.

Start with a field that is 44 yards wide and 36 yards long (add a second 18 yard box to a regular one and it’s perfect). There is a goal on each end line and a midfield line. This is a 3 v 3 + 1 with keepers.


The ball starts with a keeper and the rules are quite simple.

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  • The neutral player is always on the team with the ball.
  • All attacks start with the keeper
  • The initial shot on each attack must be from behind the midfield line.

As an example, if the keeper for the yellow team starts with the ball, he plays the ball out to a teammate.


This will most likely result in the defenders shifting over to defend.


This opens up the opportunity for a switching pass and lay off for a shot.


If the yellow team had made a bad pass which resulted in the black team winning the ball, they play the ball back to their keeper and then the black team attacks.


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One thing to keep in mind is the rules state the “initial” shot must be from behind the midfield line. Follow up shots can be from anywhere so players are encouraged to follow the shots in case there is a rebound.


This is an excellent activity to work on creating shooting opportunities from distance, hitting shots and following shots.

Have a great day!


By Lawrence Fine, Author of the FineSoccer Coaching Bible.

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