Finish at speed

Boost your top speed and finish in a flash, with this drill from the Nike Academy's head coach, Jimmy Gilligan


Position a cone on the edge of the 18-yard box, in line with the penalty spot. Place two cones either side, six yards away. Mark out a two-yard starting gate 12 yards from the edge of the 18-yard box, in line with the central cone. Position the players behind the starting gate.


The first player dribbles the ball at speed towards the central cone. As they reach it, the coach shouts “Left!” or “Right!” The player has to react, weaving around the central cone but inside the outer cone, before dribbling into the box and taking a shot, then turning to sprint back through the starting gate. Players should aim to complete this course in 11 seconds.

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By pitting players against the clock you will encourage them to focus on acceleration, instant control and dribbling at speed.

Also see:
Take control of the game
Hit the target every time
Develop a deft first touch

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