Master your finishing: Heads and tails

Become the ultimate penalty box assassin with this drill from the Nike Academy

An organised defence will make a spacious penalty area feel like the inside of a telephone box. A goal hungry striker will find breathing space in this claustrophobic prison and escape with a goal.

FourFourTwo Performance and the Nike Academy have teamed up to help you become that crafty fox in the box.

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In this drill devised by Jimmy Gilligan, head coach of the Nike Academy, strikers work on their ability to create space, assess the flight of the ball, make a decision in a split second and execute a finish with merciless precision.

With a few other tricks of the trade to pick up along the way, this is an essential drill for all wannabe hotshots.

You can find out more about how you can get involved with the Nike Academy, and watch the players’ progress this season, by visiting facebook and

For more shooting drills see:
Master your finishing: 1 v 1 attacking
Master your finishing: Combination play in and around the penalty area
Master your finishing: Three finishes in one
Master your finishing: Power shooting
Master your finishing: The toe poke
Master your finishing: Shots and blocks
Master your finishing: The reverse pass to cross and finish
Master your finishing: The serve and volley
Master your finishing: The four-way finish

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