“You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.” –Wayne Gretzky.
Gretzky may have been a hockey player, but his quote about scoring goals is true in any sport–including soccer. A lot of students in our EduKick soccer camps and boarding schools start out with hesitation to shoot. We teach them take advantage of every opportunity. If you never shoot, you’ll never score.
Here are a few tips to help you make every shot count:
Soccer shooting tips:
- Observe the goalkeeper’s position. Have they left a gap that you can exploit?
- Select the best technique for your shot. A sidefoot shot will have greater accuracy, but an instep (laces) with good follow-through will have greater power.
- Put your non-kicking foot alongside the ball.
- Keep your head down and your eyes on the ball when striking.
- Keep your body over the ball.
- Make contact with the middle to top half of the ball.
- Maintain your composure.
Tips to improve your chance of scoring:
- Shoot wide rather than high. There’s a better chance of getting a deflection that will wrong-foot the goalkeeper.
- Shoot low. It’s harder for a keeper to reach shots along the ground because it’s
The goalkeeper: the most important player on the soccer field at all times, and most of the time it is the position that is not properly warmed up during pre-match activities. Why? Because neither the coaches nor the player know how to do it properly. It is that simple.
How many times do you see youth soccer pregame warmups that consist of two lines that dribble in and shoot at the goalkeeper? Who is this warming up? The goalkeeper? Well, if you think it is helping the goalkeeper, you are gravely mistaken.
The internal makeup of a goalkeeper is very unique. Not only does a quality goalkeeper need a strong technical side, but more importantly they need to have a very strong mind. Goalkeepers are either the hero or the goat–and nothing else. It takes a very unique individual to be able to handle this.
Practice does not make perfect, PERFECT practice makes perfect.”
So, a proper warmup is critical for his or her success in the match. Goalkeepers need to prepare their technical side, which will increase their confidence going into the match.
Heading the ball is a key soccer skill, but a new study finds that players who headed the ball frequently were more likely to suffer brain injury and damage their memory than their fellow players who were a little less headstrong, so to speak.
While sports like football (the American variety) and ice hockey garner most of the attention when it comes to concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI), soccer is an intense physical sport for which the head can be as important as the foot. But since research hasn’t linked heading to concussions, players, coaches and medical professionals have generally stayed on the sidelines with regard to its health risks.
“For many people, it’s beyond belief that minor injuries could be a problem,” said Dr. Michael Lipton, a neuroradiologist at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and lead author of the study published online Tuesday by the journal Radiology.
Lipton said he hasn’t headed a ball himself since he played youth soccer. But he is
Mixed martial arts trainers say that this is exactly right kind of activity for anyone including children. First of all, this is sport, which already implies positive effects on child’s physical and social development. Secondly, it is an activity which implies at least two participating people which increases communication skills of a child. However, with no doubt these are not the only benefits that karate or Brazilian jiu jitsu, for example, can offer. Exactly about the other benefits of these activities you will learn from this article.
Unfortunately, people tend to believe in what they heard as rumors or slander. One of the most common misconceptions about children’s participation in jiu jitsu classes is that they will make them much more aggressive, violent, and in general more prone to fights. Such harmful propaganda is very popular among many politicians, activists and especially media. In the reality karate and jiu jitsu trainings teach kids absolutely opposite things. When a child is involved into any mixed martial arts training, he or she
You’ve got to be mad to be a goalkeeper, or so the old adage goes. Standing in virtually the same spot for 90 minutes, a period broken only by opposition attackers running at your or smashing the ball in your direction. There’s little opportunity for glory and a hell of a lot at stake.
Why then, if you were to ask most players whether they’d rather play in goal or be the referee, do you get a smirk in response? Or a confused or quizzical look? Or just downright disbelief?
‘Be the referee? You what? You must be joking!’
For most players the thought of having to turn up to a game and manage the egos and tempers of 22 testosterone fuelled players without even getting an opportunity to kick the ball is simply baffling. They’d rather watch a game on the television than take charge of it as the man in black. Nevertheless, there are brave souls out there that do it – week in, week out as the old footballing cliché goes.
But why? What compels them to pull up their black socks every week and put themselves in the firing lines? Here we take a look at four of the most
Sport is one of the most loved and adored activities in the world. Many people love being conducted in a sport event because it brings spirit and also dynamic living impression. Lovers of sports are also various, starting from the young children to the adult and even elderly ones. This makes you have to be really selective in playing the sport you like. Even when you cannot do a particular sport, you can still be a fan of it. This, however will make your life to be more spirit and also great. Above all, being attached to a particular sport field will help you in being fresh and get your life motivated. So, what if you want to play a kind of sport professionally?
The answer for that question is actually easy. You have to be really great in doing exercises. This will also help you in making your exercises to be priority related to the things you have. When it comes to the most loved sport in children, baseball and softball can be the answer. These two sports are giving chances for the players to have the easiest way to improve its ability in being focused
If someone would have told me a year ago that I would be a runner, I probably would have laughed at them. I barely took walks then, let alone ran anywhere. When my doctor told me that I needed to lose some weight though or risk developing diabetes, that opened my eyes. I started walking, but then that quickly grew into jogging and running. One of the best pieces of advice that I got when I first started running was to look at running calculators so I would be able to measure my progress.
I thought that would be easy enough to do with just my watch, but I realized that it is a bit more than that after reading about a running calculator on the website that my doctor referred me to. It explained that it is more than simply running around a track and seeing how long it took me to do it. Continue reading
Indoor soccer–and specifically, the walls surrounding the playing field–make for all new quirks in the world’s favorite sport.
How do you prepare for the unique challenges of indoor? By incorporating drills into your practice that are indoor-specific.
Here are two such indoor soccer drills, provided by eteamz.com. It works on improving the attackers’ instincts when it comes to playing rebounds off the walls.
Form two lines, A and B, inside the midfield, 15 yards apart.
Line B starts by passing ball to space ahead of Player A, and makes run toward far post. Player A runs onto the ball and plays ball with authority into wall three feet left of near post. Ball will rebound in front of goal. Player B will have made looping run and one-touch rebound into goal. A goes to line B and B goes to A. Two times through and switch beginning to line A. Make sure to have your player’s use one-touch shots with either foot!
Form three lines, A, B and C, inside the midfield, 10 yards apart. Line B begins by playing ball ahead of player A. A receives and carries toward middle third while B overlaps to outside. A passes to C, who is moving