A lot of students in our EduKick soccer camps and boarding schools start out with hesitation to shoot. We teach them take advantage of every opportunity. If you never shoot, you’ll never score.
Here are a few tips to help you make every shot count:
Soccer shooting tips:
Observe the goalkeeper’s position. Have they left a gap that you can exploit?
Select the best technique for your shot. A sidefoot shot will have greater accuracy, but an instep (laces) with good follow-through will have greater power.
Put your non-kicking foot alongside the ball.
Keep your head down and your eyes on the ball when striking.
Keep your body over the ball.
Make contact with the middle to top half of the ball.
Maintain your composure.
Tips to improve your chance of scoring:
Shoot wide rather than high. There’s a better chance of getting a deflection that will wrong-foot the goalkeeper.
Shoot low. It’s harder for a keeper to reach shots along the ground because it’s further for them to travel. It’s easy for them to jump up and save, but much harder to crouch down and get it.
Shoot across the keeper. It’s tougher for them to hold these shots, and means they could divert the ball back into the path of another attacker.
Where Are the Most Shots Made?
Ever wondered if there’s actually a “sweet spot” in a soccer goal? A place where you could kick the ball and it would go in almost every time?
Well, there may not be a definitive “sweet spot,” but a recent study did take a look at where scored goals most often went into the net. Here are the results:
Top Left: 8 percent
Top Center: 4 percent
Top Right: 5 percent
Ouch. As you can see, shooting high means you have a pretty low percentage of actually scoring.
Middle Left: 7 percent
Middle Center: 8 percent
Middle Right: 6 percent
While you have a better chance of scoring if you shoot to the middle than up high, the odds still aren’t much in your favor.