Need that extra little something to get your soccer shooting where it needs to be? You did all the hard work, now just finish the ball, have you ever heard that before?
You'll find tips and other soccer shooting techniques to help your shot make the players of the opposing team hold their breaths every time you put your head down and line one up.
There are two basic shot types and several variations when considering all our soccer shooting options. The two basic shot selections are power or placement.
This all depends on where you are on the field and where the keeper is. Generally if you are going for power (most likely from longer ranges) you will be hitting it with your laces.
To really master soccer shooting in all of its forms it will take you thousands of reps until you find your groove so work at it but be patient.
If you want to know more about increasing your soccer shooting power then read this in depth article that talks about The Ball Kicking Speed: A New Efficient, Performance Indicator In Youth Soccer.
Roughly used within 18 yards of the goal (more or less) look to tuck it away with the biggest surface on your foot (the inside).
Now that you're close to the target your shooting technique is very much the same as hitting it with your laces but the obvious main difference is hitting it with the inside of your foot.
Plant foot half a yard beside the ball, head down, locked ankle and really swing through the middle of the ball.
This is the basis for all quality soccer shooting techniques so use this with any type of shot you're considering.
Hitting the ball with the outside of your foot can be extremely effective for close range finishes and wingers cutting in looking to bend a ball in the far post (don't worry if you're one foot dominant this is your way of justifying hitting everything with your dominant).
This takes a very high level of skill and is one of the most underrated soccer shooting techniques. To execute this shot on the run while beating the keeper takes some serious awareness and skill.
Maybe a new soccer shooting technique you want to add to your game is the knuckle ball. It is an extremely high level skill when it comes to shooting and takes lots of practice.
It's mainly seen off of free kicks but also appears in the run of the game off of volleys and regular long range shots on goal as well.
The description is in its name and much like a knuckle ball in baseball the ball comes at a medium to slow speed but its effectiveness comes from the dips and swerves it makes in the air on the way to goal.Oh and if it happens by fluke just smile and nod, smile and nod.
Catching a ball on a full volley can be as exciting as anything in the game (sorry halftime trapeze artists).
Timing, accuracy, balance and awareness all come into play in that split second that you decide to hit a ball on the volley.
Volleys come up in at all sorts of angles and opportunities so you have to be creative with your timing, choice of surface and awareness of this elite soccer shooting skill.
Take a second from celebrating your volley goal and be ready to hit a half volley. The only difference here is the ball will be coming with a bit of a bounce to it anywhere from an inch or two to a foot or two.
Okay Zidane this may be the most difficult of all volleys to hit. The balls coming across your body, you're balancing on one leg and you have to hit it just right.
Hit with the top of your foot usually the side volley is being hit from the side (news flash) with your legs making a ninety degree angle when striking the ball. There are all kind of types of soccer shooting techniques and this is one you may need to practice the most.
You have this in your game? Please tell me you've mastered the other soccer shooting techniques first, good just checking, good luck with this one then.
Think of wrapping one foot around the other (in this case the standing foot) then replacing the standing foot with the one whipping around it.
Now you can pretend like you meant to hit off your toe! Throw all the other soccer shooting basics out the door for this one.
The most deceptive shots are the quickest released ones and it doesn't get quicker than the toe smash. This isn't going to help all the black toe nails you've been getting but if you want to have more options to score in the box you need to add this skill to your game.
If you have the guts go directly for goal from a corner kick. Because of the angle you are really going to need to put some curve and height on it.
The one benefit you may have is that the keeper has a whole box full of distractions and players to worry about. Not all soccer shooting skills are created equal and this one is no exception.
Ever heard your coach say "play the way you face"!? For this shot forget it.
The back-heel can be used for both a pass and a shot on goal. Usually used when you find yourself close to the opponents goal but not facing it for whatever reason. Even though you won't be using it on a frequent basis it's a nice weapon to have to mislead defenders and goalies.
Don't feel like running so much? Try your chances shooting from half.
If you can pull this off it's truly special. Recognizing where the keeper is standing is the most important piece. Not just in the moment before you shoot but all game long you need to see if he has been cheating and is a keeper who plays high off of their line.
As important as soccer shooting is in the game don't get used to hitting this one too often.
Different type of bicycle Lance Armstrong. These are once in a lifetime goals if you can get it just right. Practicing on a trampoline believe it or not may be your best way to get some reps in.
Timing, accuracy and a bit of luck all factor into hitting a bike worth remembering.
He shoots he.... scores?
Here is one shot that you can use any of the mentioned soccer shooting techniques with. Low, high, inside foot or outside foot this shot really comes down to your own preference.
Now that's using your head.
Put away using your boots for this unique soccer shooting technique. This shot will need some help from a teammate to serve it to you but once contact is made it's one of the prettiest goals you'll ever see.
Diving through the air like a swan, all that's left is your celebration choice.