Remember, don’t forget about the fundamentals of shooting: keep your ankle locked, hit the center of the ball, keep your knee over the ball, keep your head down, and turn your hips towards where you’re aiming.
Also, don’t try to kill the ball when shooting with power, otherwise you’re more apt to hit the ball over the goal rather than into the back of the net. Shoot with power but don’t over do it.
The key when doing any shooting drills is not to hit a dead ball and doing some sort of movement or running before taking a shot. This way the drill becomes much more realistic. Since in a game you rarely have a ball played to without having to fight off a defender or sprint past a player before taking the shot.
Shots from the top of the goal box.
Beat defender and shoot.
Play combinations at the top of the box.
Shooting under pressure.
Striking balls in the air.
World Cup battle in the box.
However, strive for your players to hit the target and make the keepers make a save. Players should not be killing the ball and banging it way over the goal. Concentrate on getting your shots on goal, but don’t get discouraged if your first couple of shots don’t go where you want them to go.
It usually takes a few shots to get into a rhythm, so your first couple of shots might be off target, but keep trying and don’t lose your focus. To score goals in soccer you have to look for your chances and make something happen. If you miss a wide open shot or a one on one with the goalkeeper, forget about that play and focus on getting that next chance and putting that one away.
Two players in the 2010 World Cup who knew how to score goals were David Villa of Spain and Diego Forlan of Uruguay. Both players were always on the hunt for the goal, and not afraid to take shots from long distances. If there’s one thing they all have in common it’s that they love to score goals and seem to do a lot of it.
Look at players who score big goals, watch them play on TV and model your game after them. Goals are scored when players get themselves in the right place at the right time. How do you do that? Well, you read the play or take a chance. Will the keeper bobble the ball? Will the defender miss the ball and the ball will go through? Goal scorers make runs with the believe that their teammates will find them. Goal scorers take chances.
Here are some other good shooting drills:
Barcelona Target Practice
Messi, Iniesta, Dembele and the rest of Barcelona’s team practice striking the ball into small goals. What’s key is the run up before they shoot, they never take a shot from just a standing position. That’s rare, really only happens when taking a free kick in a real game.
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