Friday, 26 October 2012

Types of Shooting in Soccer

In my previous post, i have discussed about shooting in soccer, how much it is important in game and how it should be improved through different techniques and methods. As we all know about shooting, how it helps in scoring goals and winning matches but probably don't know about different types of shoots which should be made in the field at different positions.

So lets first discuss about the positions from where the shots are made.

Where are the most Shots made
The heading really showed much of you to be closer to the screen and know about the perfect position from where you can score more goals, but you all are wrong this time. There is not any favorite or perfect spot from where you can almost score goals. Soccer is a sport in which you should have always create chances to score rather then to stay and wait for the perfect moment. 

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.
  • Top Left: 8 percent
  • Top Center: 4 percent
  • Top Right: 5 percent
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.
  • Bottom Left: 22 percent
  • Bottom Center: 21 percent
  • Bottom Right: 19 percent
Look at these stats: 62 percent of all goals were scored low. This makes sense because it is very difficult for goalkeepers, especially tall ones, to get down to the ground. It's much easier and more natural for them to jump high.

Also, looking at the statistics, 67 percent of goals were scored in the corners versus 33 percent down the middle. If you combine the two statistics and shoot low into the corner, you should have a much greater success rate in scoring goals.

As with any soccer technique, you need to practice if you want to improve your shooting skills. Fortunately, the techniques used for shooting are similar to those used for passing. So you can build up two vital soccer techniques at the same time.

But most importantly: "If you see the space, shoot!"

This one piece of advice is important enough to reiterate: You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. If you see an opportunity to shoot, take it! The only way these tips can help you is if you implement them, both in practice and in games.

Now lets discuss various types of shoots made in the field and you should also do the same by practicing them more and more.

1. Instep Drive or the Knuckle Shot

The instep drive is a very useful shooting technique when you want to strike the ball with power from long range. However, this type of shot is very hard to control which means that you should not be surprised if the ball ends up 20-30 yards behind the goal.

2. Swerve Shot

A goalkeeper's worst nightmare is known as the swerve shot. This type of shot will swerve once you fire it and to save it requires a lot of effort. However, learning learn how to perform a swerving shot is really difficult and not many players in the world are able to perform it in high tempo. However, you should still practice on it and try it out in real games because failure is the key to success.

3. Full Volley 

A full volley can create a powerful shoot which can be impossible to save (if you get it on the goal of course). The most difficult thing with a full volley is to get your shot on the goal). You really need to hit the ball perfectly and in right moment. If you fail to do so, the ball will often end 20 yards behind the goal. This type of shot is ideal when you have several opponents running towards you while the ball is falling from the sky. A common situation is when the ball is cleared away from a corner kick and you are standing about 5-10 yards from the penalty box line.

4. Half Volley 

A half volley is pretty similar to the full volley except that you will first get control on the ball and then fire the shot. This is also why a half volley is a better alternative for long range shoots because you will be able to receive, aim and fire the shot while the opponents are unprepared. However, keep in mind that beating the keeper with a 30 yard shoot really requires a lot of skill. But, I've seen people score goals from 70 yard with the half volley so it is not impossible. Like with any other soccer shot you should not overdo it. Instead, try it twice but not more than three times per game.

5. Side Volley

A side volley is great when you have the ball bouncing at your side. A side volley requires good balance and great precise timing which means that you need to play it properly before striking the ball. The most difficult thing with a side volley is to get the ball on the goal. It may look easy but often you will either totally miss the ball or send it 30 yards behind your opponent's goal.

6. Flying Volley

The flying volley is not something you will see every day. This is a type of shoot that requires great acrobatic abilities and timing. The most difficult thing with a flying volley is that you need to jump in the right moment. It is also crucial to know how to land because if the ground is hard it will hurt. There is also a risk that you could hit your opponents head instead of the ball. So, be cautious and make sure to plan your jumps.

7. Toe Shoot

While coaches typically try to wean youth players off toe kicks, they have a place are another way of moving the ball deceptively. If you want to have the ball travel a short distance for a shot or pass, flick the center of the ball with the tip of your toes, using a quick motion.

8. Back Heel

The back heel kick wins style points for its flair and can be as effective as any other pass, because the defender screened by your body cannot see it well. In fact, given its unexpectedness, a well-placed back heel kick to a skilled forward sets up a fair number of goals. Step over the ball, and poke it to a teammate using your heel.
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