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					Soccer Shooting Drills

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Summary:
Goals are the salt and pepper of soccer and they can only be scored by
either shooting, or heading the ball. Heading the ball is an unnatural
process, whereas kicking the ball is quite a natural “need” that humans
have, deep down. How many times have you walked on the street and
instinctively kicked a leaf, or some small rock, just for the heck of it?

Now, how many times have you walked on the street and started hitting
your head against solid objects? I hope not a lot. S...


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soccer shooting drills, soccer drills for shooting


Article Body:
Goals are the salt and pepper of soccer and they can only be scored by
either shooting, or heading the ball. Heading the ball is an unnatural
process, whereas kicking the ball is quite a natural “need” that humans
have, deep down. How many times have you walked on the street and
instinctively kicked a leaf, or some small rock, just for the heck of it?

Now, how many times have you walked on the street and   started hitting
your head against solid objects? I hope not a lot. So   heading is a lot
harder to train, because we have to fight against our   own natural fear of
hitting our head against an object. That’s why soccer   shooting drills are
so much more diverse and common in training sessions.   Let’s take a look
at the different types of shooting drills.

-Soccer Shooting Drills – Static Positions

Static position soccer shooting drills refer to the player’s position,
not the ball (although in the case of free kicks, both the ball and the
player are static). Free kicks are very helpful for your players in
training their shot accuracy and usually they are used for just that,
instead of being a means to get your shot power trained. You could try
having all your players execute free kicks, or just select a handful that
you noticed are better at this role and form them as specialists in free
kicks.

The other way you can practice soccer shooting drills in a static
position is by having one player in the center, receiving passes from the
sides and shooting, without moving towards the ball. This simulates a
match scenario that occurs quite often, with a striker or a central
midfielder having to shoot the ball with a single touch from a static
position, because he has no space to move around, or no time to do so.

-Soccer Shooting Drills – Dynamic Positions
There’s a wider array of soccer drills for shooting that can be practiced
from dynamic positions, than from static ones. One of the most popular is
the run-and-shoot: have your players positioned in a line at the center
of the pitch and send a keeper in the goal. Now, have each player sprint
with the ball at his feet up to a certain point that you decide (place a
cone as a visual marker), then cannon a shot to goal from there.

If you want to practice long range shots, you’ll obviously have them
shooting for far away, whereas if you want more finishing accuracy, you
will have your players shoot from the edge of the box, or even inside it.

A slight variation of the run and shoot soccer drill is the wall-and-
shoot. Basically, you’ll have the same setup, with the players at half
court and a goalkeeper guarding the net of one of the goals, but you will
also have a player somewhere near the penalty area, who will act as a
wall passer for your incoming players. So a player will sprint with the
ball, when he is close to the wall passer he initiates a one-two and
shoots the ball in full-on sprint, as soon as he receives it back.

After a while, the above mentioned soccer drills for shooting tend to get
repetitive, so you might want to dig up some more, or simply create
variations of these. You can work around the dynamic position ones and
create new drills of your own.

				
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