What is the role of a forward? What’s a good training session for strikers look like? Well, that’s easy: strikes are there to score goals. So, how do you improve upon or get better at scoring goals? That’s easy, shoot, and shoot and shoot some more. The key though, and really the key to any position on the field, is your first touch and getting the ball out of your feet so you can dribble, pass, cut, and as a forward, shoot and score.
Scoring doesn’t happen just with the foot though. Just ask Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez, of Manchester United, who has scored a few goals this year with some odd body parts, one being his neck. However, for the most part, forwards score goals with their feet and their head. So it makes sense to work on finishing, scoring goals with the head, on the volley and from the ground, with both the right and left foot and with power and placing the ball into the corners.
And if it’s one thing young players do too often, it’s shoot with power. They too often try to blast the ball into the goal, rather than pass or just place the ball into the corner. Many times you’ll hear some coaches say just hit the target, which means just force the keeper to make a save by getting the shot on goal and don’t hit the ball over the goal.
Of course the role of the forward isn’t just scoring goals, he or she helps stretch the defense, holds on to the ball and enable teams to build up an attack and keep possession, and creates goal scoring chances for other players on the team. But the main focus of a forward is putting the ball into the net.
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Emulate a Great Player
Wayne Rooney on playing soccer: "I love playing football but I think I am like everyone else, I hate losing and love winning. And if the time comes when I am not disappointed when things are definitely not going right, then that’s when people should worry."
Extra: For all players, develop a few favored moves, shots, passes, crosses, and skills. Perfect those two or three skills. Make them yours. This could be a step over, bending the ball, a powerful shot, develop some skills that set you apart from other players, no matter what position you play.
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