Learn how to kick a soccer ball in this soccer training video. This soccer tutorial teaches you how to shoot for power using proper shooting technique.
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Basic Key Points:
1. Ankle Locked, toe down, use laces (you don't hit a baseball with a loose bat)
2. Plant foot pointed at target
3. Land on Kicking Foot (you do this to help generate power and help keep the ball low)
Equipment Needed: Ball and Fence or goal if you have one. If you have extra balls then use them.
Exercise Player Can Do:
Set ball up about 10 yards in front of the goal, then shoot for technique. Repeat until you feel comfortable. We are working on technique so don't rush this.
Advanced Key Points:
1. Generate power from thigh, not calf
2. Shoulders face target (don't rotate them)
3. Keep head down (some of the best goals you will score you barely see them go in)
Exercise Player Can Do:
Break down the technique. Stand a step behind an imaginary ball. Step towards it like you are going to shoot, pause your technique showing thigh back, chest over the ball head down, then bring leg to imaginary ball in shooting motion, pause showing ankle locked toe down, then swing through and land on kicking foot ending up a foot or so ahead of where you struck the imaginary ball. Do this a few times until you feel comfortable with your technique, then repeat the earlier shooting exercise mentioned.
If you are a coach watching this, this point is where you can jump in like a chiropractor and adjust the players body into proper shooting technique.
What Player Could Be Doing Wrong:
If you fee like you are not getting enough power it's mainly because you are not getting your thigh back and your knee down is just moving. Make sure you get your thigh back.
Also don't stutter step to the ball. Run up smooth and then that last step to the ball should be a little bit bigger allowing your legs to open up, getting your thigh back and now you have the space you need to generate leg speed.
If your shots are constantly going over the goal this could be two things. One you are leaning back when you shoot, don't lean back. The second is if the ball is going over the goal and it is has back spin that means you are flicking your foot. So you hit with your laces, then flick your ankle up which causes the ball to go up. Keep your ankle locked toe down all the way through your follow through until you land on your kicking foot. This will help keep the ball down.
Confidence is the most important key point in shooting. Never going into a shot thinking you are going to miss. Always, always believe without a doubt you will score when you shoot. If you miss, no big deal just hustle back on defense. You won't score every time, but you can believe you will score every time! Confidence!
Remember if you Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible!
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