In football, scoring a goal is what the sport
is all about. The highlight of the game, scoring a goal is
easily the most rewarding and most glamorous part of football.
If you want to be an excellent goal scorer,
you must first have the ability to shoot the ball.
This may be obvious however.
Shooting requires two things –
power and accuracy.
With the use of your foot’s instep, drive
the ball forwards. While doing this, you must keep the ball
low. Adding power to your kick can be accomplished by increasing
your follow through. To do this, allow your kicking leg to
swing quickly, making sure it extends fully at the end.
Goal keepers find it difficult to block balls
that are low and/or aiming for the corners. So in order to
score successfully, you must keep the ball low and at the
same time, you should direct your shot towards the corners
of the goal area.
However, if your shot misses the goal and ends
up hitting the goal post, do not worry since your team mates
can easily take advantage of the rebound.
You should put as much power into your shot without compromising
your accuracy. No matter how much force you put on your kick,
it will be useless if it the ball misses the goal. You will
just end up sending the ball a great distance, making it difficult
for you and your team mates to retrieve the ball.
Although mastering it may be difficult, volleying
is a great skill to have as a footballer.
In the volley, the player needs to hit a ball
that is still moving in midair. This makes it difficult for
players to achieve an accurate shot.
As tricky as it may be, making a clean volley
that can send the ball flying straight into the goal is one
of the most rewarding moments in the sport.
To do a volley, you must immediately decide on when you want
to intercept the ball. After this, you must quickly position
yourself in the ball’s line of flight.
Imagine that a strike zone is right in front of you. Using
this, you must assess where and when the ball is going to
arrive. Remember to keep your head still. Also, improve your
balance by using your arms.
Once you are ready, firmly place your non-kicking
foot on the ground. With the knee leading, quickly swing your
kicking leg. In your kicking leg, the toes must point downwards
and ankles must be kept firm and solid.
Your non-kicking leg must always maintain contact with the
ground. This will provide you with enough stability as you
aim to make a solid connection with the ball.
However, you must keep careful control of your
leg since kicking too quickly will make the volley difficult
In order to accomplish the volley, you must
do several steps at once. You should make sure that your head
is over the ball so that the strike will result in a low ball.
At the same time, you must use your instep to strike either
the centre or the upper half of the ball.
Finish the shot by following through to the
direction of the target.
Using an overhead kick to score a goal is one
of the most impressive moves in football.
It may be a little difficult but once you have
mastered this skill, you will be able to make a shot. Using
an overhead kick, you can make a shot even with your back
turned to the goal.
Even when facing in the wrong direction, the
overhead kick can effectively clear a ball.
To prevent any injuries to your back, you must
practice this kick on soft ground. Also, refrain from excessive
In this skill, timing is everything.
Begin the technique by positioning yourself
on the ball’s line of flight. Keep your eyes focused
on the ball.
Since the ball usually comes at a great speed
and from tricky angles, a good connection is extremely important.
In a volley, you don’t need to exert too
much force on the kick. As long as you execute a clean kick,
your body’s motion will be able to produce the power
Once you are ready to make the shot, jump up.
Use your non-kicking foot to move your body upwards. However,
you must leave your non-kicking foot on the deck.
While keeping your focus on the ball, allow
your body to fall backwards.
As your body moves toward the ground, your kicking leg will
eventually rise up. Even if your kicking leg was originally
on the ground, it will eventually be made to rise.
When the ball is within prefect range, whip
you’re kicking leg up, hitting the back of the ball.
As you do this, immediately bring your non-kicking leg back
At this point of the technique, your body must
be almost horizontal to the ground.
If your body is in the upright position, your
hit will cause the ball to fly too high. You must also use
the scissor-like movement of your legs to produce enough power.
To control the force of your landing, you must
fall with outstretched hands. At the same time, twist your
body sideways so that you can prevent yourself from landing
flat on your back.
You can use your arms to soften your landing.
However, you should be careful not to land on your elbows
or your head.
Blast it or place it? Wait for the keeper to
move? Or pick a spot and stick to it?
As soon as the referee points to a spot, a number
of thoughts will immediately flood the player’s mind.
Although no one expects the keeper to save a
ball in a penalty kick, doing so may make the goalkeeper seem
like a hero. Consequently, the kicker will seem like a villain.
How then should a player execute the
perfect penalty kick?
The Liverpool John Mores University conducted
a research in which they found that there is at least one
"A well-placed ball, high to the corner,
will not be stopped by the goalkeeper even if he anticipates
it,” explained Professor Tom Riley.
According to Riley, a kick in the said area
has a 100% success rate since the ball would be too fast for
the goal keeper to save.
Riley also said that in anticipation of the
goalie’s moves, some players attempt to drive the ball
straight through the middle. However, this manoeuvre is not
As attractive as 100% strike rate may sound,
the shot is very difficult to execute. As such, this technique
may end up a risky move.
Despite its difficulty, this trick is an interesting alternative
to conventional methods suggested by sports professionals
as well as managers and trainers.
For most of the players, the conventional strategy is to aim
for a low area, just inside either goal post. The penalty
taker will target the inside of the side netting.
However, Riley argues that the use of this technique
will increase the probability that the ball will be saved.
Unless the kick is clean and powerful, the keeper may still
catch the ball. This move is much easier to pull off, though.
Even though it seems like running up and blasting
the ball to make a successful penalty shot, there may be more
planning involved in making the shot.
Psychologist Peter Nash agrees to this. He said that penalty
takers usually say that although they do not think too much
of the shot, they also aim to deceive the goal keeper.
"We do many things on two levels, such
as thinking where to put the ball (or where to fake it), but
not thinking about what the feet, legs and body will do to
achieve it.” Nash explained.
He added that as a player practices, his actions
may develop as automatic skills. So then, the body already
has an unconscious memory which will tell his body how to
react to certain situations.
"These memories take over when thinking
fails, such as in front of 80,000 fans."