Use this kicking game to improve kicking, catching and tactical awareness, as well introduce some fatigue elements into training. Tactically, using a variety of kicks, the aim is to find spaces where the defenders are not covering. MORE
Give all your players the chance to chance to kick and teach them the grubber – a simple kick ahead that is usually used to get in behind advancing defences – and get them hitting the posts.
Place two lines of cones from the 5m line towards the 22m line at 5m intervals. Place two kickers on the cones in front of the posts with a team mate close by to pass the ball (picture 1).
The ball is passed to the kicker who sends in a grubber kick from the first cone looking to hit the post in front of him (picture 2).
The kicker then moves to cone behind him and kicks from there after a pass. He does this from every cone (picture 3).
- 3 points for every post hit
- 1 point for getting it within a metre of the post. Have teams of five and add up totals to decide the winners.
“Eye on the target and kick directly at it along the ground.”
“Kick with the laces of the boot, drop the ball onto the laces – do not throw it up.”
The grubber is a great kick to use against well-organised defences that are pushing up quickly.