Stay sharp in the box

Make sure you’ve got the legs to finish when it matters most


Position two portable mini-goals either side of the 18-yard-box, facing each other, in line with the corners of the 6-yard-box. Stick a slalom pole or cone 2-3 yards behind each goal. The server stands in the middle of the 6-yard-box, on the goal line, with a supply of balls. The player takes up his starting position behind one of the slalom poles.

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The Drill

On the coach’s command the player sets off, darting between the slalom pole and portable mini-goal. He then sprints to the 6-yard-box. As he reaches the edge of the box the server plays a pass into his feet. The player has one touch to control and another to strike the ball into the opposing mini-goal. He then walks the length of the 6-yard-box, sprints to the perimeter of the 18-yard-box and zig-zags through the mini-goal and slalom pole and repeats the process in the opposite direction. Work for three minutes, rest of two. Repeat four times.


Challenge the player to complete the circuit with a ball at their feet. Instead of shooting, they must keep the ball under control at all times.

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For more training tips see:
Fuel-injected footwork
Become a fleet-footed footballer
Get fast on your feet
Shut down your opponent
Ladder to success
Energise your endurance
Build lasting stamina
Rev up your early-season engine

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