Some estimates say that professional soccer players run 6 to 8 miles (9.7 to 12.9 km) during a 90 minute game. That’s a lot of running. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that a lot of the running you’ll be doing is when you don’t have the ball. Learn how to get into open space, how to run to where to your teammate expects or wants you to be, and how to run past a defender who’s guarding you.
If you’re really close to the goal and all you need is accuracy, you can shoot using the sweet spot of the inside of your shoe, like a pass, but usually, you’re going to be farther away and will need power as well as accuracy,of course.
- Set your planter foot and aim the toe of the planter foot to where you want the shot to travel and always have a slight look at the target before you shoot.
- You don’t have to get much of a running start, but you do want to bring your foot back, bending it as you do in order to get more power.
- Hit the ball on the middle laces of your shoe, with your foot pointed down at the ground. Keep your foot pointed down at the ground as you follow through.
- Use your hips to swing through the ball. Bring your foot across your body if necessary to generate even more power. This should cause both feet to lift from the ground.