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How to Score Goals in a Soccer Game
Scoring in soccer is about patience, hard work, and a little bit of luck. It usually takes the exact right set of circumstances to create goals, and creating these circumstances can be controlled. Here's how with these simple steps.
Developing Scoring Techniques During Practice
Learn to shoot with both feet.One of the most important skills to master to improve your ability to score goals is shooting leg flexibility. By learning to shoot the ball with either foot, you increase your chances of scoring a goal. You will not have to set up the shot to hit the ball with your dominant foot - you can hit the ball as it is.
- Train your non-dominant foot by drilling with it instead of your dominant foot. The only way to learn how to shoot with both feet is to train both feet. At first, it will be uncomfortable and your technique will be terrible. This is to be expected. Continue pushing yourself and using your non-dominant foot to take shots, to dribble, and to do everything else.
- Juggle with your weak foot by letting the ball bounce and then kicking it up with the laces on your weak foot. Alternate touching the ball with the out-step of your foot, then the instep, over and over until you build rhythm and speed. Practice trapping the ball with your weak foot, increasing the intensity as you improve. Pass with your weaker foot, starting off with passing against a wall and then finding a partner and passing the ball back and forth. After you've done these things and gotten some control with your weak foot, try shooting with your non-dominant foot.
- This skill takes practice and patience. You will not train your non-dominant foot overnight. It will take weeks of practice. Do not give up - your hours of practice will pay off at the end.
- During the time it takes for you to set up a shot with your dominant foot, the other team can swoop in and steal the ball. Being able to kick with your non-dominant foot doesn't give the opposite team time to steal.
Learn to put the ball in the goal with any part of your foot.As a goal scorer, you want to be able to put the ball into the net with either foot and with any part of the foot. Just like being able to shoot with either foot gives you flexibility, learning to shoot with all parts of your foot does the same. Learning how to use any part of either foot means you can shoot with just about any set up.
- To develop good technique with all of your foot, practice dribbling, passing, and shooting with all six parts of your foot - insides, outsides, heels, toes, instep (laces) and soles.Devote time to practicing only with certain parts of your feet during every practice session.
Perfect your shooting technique.Since soccer is a fluid game that is constantly changing, you can't hope for the same situation you found yourself in when you practiced. You need to be ready for anything the game throws you. Do this by practicing shooting control, ball technique, accuracy, and direction. Complete target practice and drills and technique execution drills.
Practice against pressure.Make sure your practice sessions are intense and aggressive enough to prepare you for situations you will face in a game. You want to practice in all sorts of situations to improve your technique, your ability to anticipate, and your adaptability.
Practice with a goalie and defenders.Shooting goals into an unguarded net is easy. You need to get used to shooting and aiming with someone trying to block your shot. In addition to practicing with goalies, practice with defenders. Your practice sessions should teach you how to perfect your technique, accuracy, and control while other players are trying to steal the ball and block you.
- Try shooting partners. Go through shooting exercises with someone else to improve your technique. Critique each other and try to fix any weaknesses. Remember to practice all of the shooting techniques - you want every skill possible so you can be the best player.
Develop these skills slowly.Start by perfecting technique. This may mean you practice alone against a wall, or with a partner. You should practice shooting into a goal without a goalie to get the hang of it. Add more difficult obstacles as you improve.
Get the best shooting stance.Just before you get to the ball, look at the goalie to see where he or she is. Keep your non-kicking foot alongside the ball. Square your hips towards where you want the ball to go. Your eyes should remain down and focused on the ball when you're striking. Keep your knee and head over the ball. Make sure to make contact with the middle or top half of the ball.
Scoring Goals in a Game
Go for the goal quickly.When you get the chance to score, go for it; don't stand there and overanalyze. While you hesitate and try to figure out what the best play is, the opposing team can come in and steal the ball. During a game, don't try to set up the ball for a better shot. If you have a shot, take it by only touching the ball one or two times. You always want to finish fast.
- This takes practice and confidence. When you practice or play recreationally, always go for fast, one touch finishes. If you practice in a situation where you can take your time, set up perfect shots, and not have to worry about aggressive opponents, you will not be ready when you play a good team or a fast-paced game. Practice for difficult games.
- This is where foot flexibility and all your hours of technique training help you. Being flexible and having a strong skill set makes you ready to finish fast.
Be confident and aggressive.If you have an open shot, take it. If you think you can take your defender, try it. If you have the opportunity to take a daring pass, go for it. A lot of missed goals come from hesitating as you overanalyze your next move. Be confident and go for it.
- You may miss a lot of goals at the beginning as you learn how to effectively finish fast. Remember, fast finishes require accuracy and ball technique. If you always miss the net, go back and work on your accuracy and ball technique and try again.
- Your team should encourage shooting - and missing - goals if the player is in position. But the team should also encourage passing to open teammates and working together to get a goal. Being the person who scores is important, but playing defense, helping set up the shots, and doing all the other things involved in a match is equally important.
Shoot wide and low.If you shoot high, there is a greater chance that the goalie will intercept the ball. Shooting wide aims the ball for the corners instead of right at the goalie, and keeping it low on the ground makes it more difficult for them to crouch down and grab the ball.
- The technique to shoot wide and low is similar to passing. You can practice both skills at the same time. Most importantly, when you are practicing your shooting technique, go for wide, low shots instead of high shots right down the middle. This will decrease the chances of the goalie blocking it.
- According to a recent study, over 60% of successful scoring shots are made in the bottom part of the net, while less than 20% are at the top of the net. Over 65% of goals were made in the corners from wide shots instead of straight down the middle.
Remember that sometimes less power is more.Delivering the ball into the net isn't always achieved by kicking the ball with all the power you can muster. This usually ends in a miss, either because it wasn't aimed at the right place or it sails over the goal. Accuracy is the key to a goal, not power.
- When you're near the 18 yard box, don't kick with all your power. Instead, aim outside of the goalie's reach and kick with greater accuracy and a little bit of power. Use your powerful kicks for when you are more than five yards outside the penalty box.A sidefoot technique is better for accuracy, while instep/laces is better for power.
Keep moving.Never stand still as you wait for the ball to come to you. Move back, forward, to the left and to the right.
- Mark your opponents. Stand right behind them, not in front of them, as they get ready to punt or kick the ball. Watch what they do with the ball and move easily in front of the opponent to steal the ball or steal the ball when the opponent turns.
- When the ball comes near you, start moving into position, planning where you need to be for your best play.
Anticipate your next move.Know your plan of action before you get the ball. This saves valuable time where you are not hesitating that can be used to your advantage. The ball is not always going to be where you expect or want it to be, but being mentally prepared when you finally get the ball increases your chances of scoring.
- Knowing if you should shoot, where you should shoot, if you should pass, or who you should pass to can be difficult. This comes with experience and practice as your instincts get sharper. If you have the chance to score, go for it. But remember, spotting an open teammate and passing the ball is just as important. Always plan ahead.
- Always be one step ahead of your opponents. Try to figure out where the ball is about to be kicked and get there. This is a very good way to get possession and is especially useful when nearby the opponent's goal. Many a time, the opposing team doesn't expect you to get it and is unprepared, allowing you to score before they know what hit them.
Watch the goalie.Keep your eyes on the goalie, watching for any openings that you can use to your advantage. There is no way you can score if you don't notice where the goalie is. Start watching him or her as you approach the goal.
- Try aiming for the corners because most goalies are not covering that section of the goal.
QuestionHow do I kick the ball without looking at it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerIf you can't kick the ball without looking at it, practice your control. And soon you will be doing that without noticing.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I score when someone is blocking me?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerMove around during the game and try to lose them. Once you see your team has the ball, you can get a head start running to the goal. Remember to stay onside.Thanks!
QuestionIf I'm running toward the goal under pressure, should I shoot wide or to the corners, or should I chip the ball? How should I shoot when I'm at left/right side of goal?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThe goalie will probably be following you. You should shoot to the far post, because the goalie's movement is going in the other direction. Overall it's better to shoot low and in the corners, but in this case just try to get your hips around the ball as fast as possible and shoot far post.Thanks!
QuestionCan't I ever touch the ball with my toe?Qvanessa18Community AnswerThe toe is not the best to use in football, because when you kick the ball with your toe, you will not know where it is going. So try to use mostly the side or laces of your foot.Thanks!
QuestionIs it an offside if I dribble the ball all alone without passing the ball to anyone, and go past players on my side towards the goalie on the other side?Qvanessa18Community AnswerNo. It is only offside if you get a pass and you are behind the defenders, the goalie doesn't count.Thanks!
QuestionWhat can I do if I get too nervous and take too long to shoot?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerDon't think. When you get the ball, just pick a spot the keeper is not covering and shoot in that direction.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to practice soccer to be good at it?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. You must practice to get good at any sport, and how good you get is directly related to the amount you practice.Thanks!
QuestionHow can you increase the aim on the shot of the ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerPractice shooting with different parts of your foot; eventually, you will find the best way for you.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I do a bicycle kick?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionCan I be selfish with the ball?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but your coaches and teammates probably won't like it very much and you might get benched.Thanks!
To score goals in a soccer game, keep your eyes on the goalie and watch for openings. When you get an open shot, go for the goal quickly, without hesitation! Shoot the ball wide, aiming it at the corners of the goal, and keep it low to the ground. If you're near the 18 yard box, focus on accuracy by using a sidefoot technique instead of just kicking the ball as hard as you can. Save your powerful kicks for when you're more than 5 yards outside of the penalty box, and use your instep/laces to generate the most force behind your kick.
- Be patient! Soccer games are ninety minutes long and sometimes only one goal is usually scored.
- Always be alert and ready. In soccer, scoring happens when players work together and either take their opponents by surprise or outplay them.
- Work hard. Until the referee blows the whistle for halftime and full time, play your guts out. Like all things in life, it's not necessarily about skill, but hard work.
- Don't let your teammates put you down if you make a mistake, and don't put down teammates for making a mistake - it happens to everyone. Some of these skills will come with practice and experience. Remember: you miss 100% of the goals you never try to score.
- Be a good team player. If you pass the ball to another person when he/she has a nice shot on the goal, then they're probably going to pass the ball to you when you have a shot at a goal.
- Try to land on the foot you kicked it with if your far away it also helps add power to the ball.
- Learn how to go around the opposing teams players!
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