Soccer: How to shoot properly and improve your finishing

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There are 3 main types of shooting:

Instep – This part of your foot is positioned just near the laces above the big toe. This is perhaps the most powerful shot but can lack accuracy.

Inside foot – This part of your foot is normally used for passing but can be effective for placed and accurate shots.

Outside foot – This is an expert method of shooting which adds spin to the ball. This method of shooting is notoriously hard to save as it the difficult for the keeper the judge to flight of the ball.

Comparison of hitting point of the foot with the ball among three kicking techniques (upper: backward view, lower: side view). The hitting point of the butterfly shot is a hybrid position between that of the others (modified from Shinkai and Nunome 2008). 

Shooting Total Tips:
 

       Standing Foot Next to the ball about 1ft away FACING the target
(Adjust if adding bend)

       Head over the ball

       Hit the ball on the top half just above the centre.

       Arms relaxed and open up open upon approach

       Land on the foot you shoot with in the area past the ball (Important)

Improving Your Finishing
 

The art of finishing is an interesting subject as having a good shot does not necessarily mean you will be a great finisher. A lot of finishing consists of deception and surprise. Keepers spend the majority match watching, so they learn a lot about a player’s favoured foot or style of play quickly. Therefore it’s good to have some sort of mini plan when finishing. It may involve running across the keeper to make him start moving in one direction then quickly popping a shot towards the opposite side.

The key is to make up your mind what you will do before you swing for the shot, but do so without giving away your intentions, with the eyes, or body stance. A lot of the time a low shot will beat the keeper, failing that, he will parry it out for a teammate to score a rebound shot. Aim for accuracy over power. Ensure you breathe smoothly and inhale before the shot and exhale when you make contact.

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