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Shooting

How to Improve Your Soccer Shooting Skills

Body control is crucial when training to shoot goals in soccer. Build quick twitch muscle contractions and reactions by training with resistance that does not restrict movement. Soccer players will benefit greatly by practicing their soccer shooting in the Myosource Kinetic Bands, which are easy to use, lightweight, and inexpensive.

Shooting the ball is one of the most thrilling skills for soccer players. Soccer goal shooting drills are used to improve form and technique, as well as muscle strength and power. The Myosource Kinetic Bands are a great tool for practicing just like a soccer player wants to play in a game. Soccer players who put on the Myosource Kinetic Bands to practice shooting will gain muscle strength, flexibility, balance, and stamina.

  • It is important for a soccer player to react quickly when ready to make a shot on goal. This does not mean to rush the shot.
  • The soccer player’s knee of the kicking leg should stay over the ball when shooting, while maintaining balance and stability.
  • Soccer players should follow through with their kicking leg to create great power in their shot, kicking the center of the soccer ball as they swing through.
  • Soccer players must make quick decisions on where to place their shot on goal. Vision of the goalkeeper’s position will enable shots to be placed in the right spots.
  • Soccer players must know when it is appropriate to shoot. They will face times when it is better for them to pass the soccer ball instead of taking the shot.
  • When a soccer player fakes like they’re going to take a shot on goal the defense will work quickly to stop them. This allows openings to pass to a teammate if necessary.

Types of Soccer Shots

There are a variety of soccer shots that players use when shooting at the goal. Soccer players must learn the importance of when to use a certain type of shooting skill in a particular situation. Some of the most well known soccer shots are deep shots, long shots, short shots, wide shots, tap shots, and power shots. 

Volley Shooting

Volleys are some of the most difficult shots and are very hard for goalkeepers to stop from entering the goal. These are the exciting shots that soccer players take when striking the soccer ball in the air or on the bounce instead of while dribbling. When attempting a volley, it is important the soccer players remember to plant their foot at their target and not to lean back. As in any shot, soccer players should keep their ankle locked and follow through on their leg swing. Also, players should slightly bend their knees and square up to the soccer ball.

  • Full Volley: A full volley is when a soccer player strikes the ball before it hits the ground.
  • Side Volley: A side volley is when a soccer player strikes the ball from a side angle.
  • Half Volley: A half volley is when a soccer player strikes the ball right after it bounces.

Instep Shooting

An instep shot is when the soccer player strikes the ball with the top of the foot, where the soccer cleat shoelaces are, while locking the ankle and pointing the toe. This is a soccer shooting skill that will manufacture power so the ball will travel a good distance.

Chip Shooting

The chip shot is when the soccer player puts a lift on the ball so it travels up and over the opposing player. This is a shot that is often used by soccer players when going one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The problem with this particular type of shooting skill is if the chip shot is to powerful then control of the ball can be easily lost. However, if the soccer ball is not struck hard enough then it will most likely go right to the opposing player as well.

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