7 Ways to Improve Your Finishing
It doesn’t matter if you are a defender, a midfielder or a striker, absolutely every soccer player should know how to be a good finisher. Not only will it make you a more well-rounded soccer player, it will also make your team better (which is the most important thing).
The seven tips listed below should give you a better understanding of when, where and how to shoot.
1. Recognize Your Current Weaknesses
Before you can get better at finishing, you have to take the time to identify what you are and aren’t doing on the pitch. Midfielders and strikers will often find that they are not consistently positioning themselves correctly, which often means that they are not putting themselves in the best positions to score. Some players need to work on kicking with their off foot. Recognizing your weaknesses will let you know what you need to focus on in practice.
2. Keep Your Eye on the Goalkeeper
One of the easiest ways to increase your shooting percentage is to get a better understanding of goalkeeper positioning. If you have never trained as a goalkeeper, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to do some goalie drills in order to better understand what they are supposed to do in different situations.
Once you get a feel for the goalkeeper position itself, you can start to have better instincts for where they will go when you shoot the ball. It will also make you more aware of their positioning when you are about to shoot, which will make any adjustments you need to make much easier.
3. Aim at the Lower Third of the Goal
It is surprising that so many soccer players aim high when they shoot considering that the majority of goals at every level are scored in the lower third. Since the game was invented, it has been proven over and over again that if you shoot most of your shots low, you will have a higher shooting percentage. On top of it being an easier type of shot, it is also a more difficult shot for the keeper to stop.
4. Placement Over Power
One of the most common mistakes that soccer players make is trying to put all of their power into their shots. Sure, it makes sense when the goalie is racing to get back into position, but most of the time it makes a lot more sense to rein in some of that power and simply place the ball in the back of the net.
The majority of the time you will want to focus on making the ball go where you need it to go. For example, if you want to shoot towards the bottom-left corner, then your primary focus should be hitting that spot rather than getting it there as quickly as possible.
5. Don’t Hesitate
One of the easiest ways to lower your goal total is by hesitating when a goal-scoring opportunity presents itself. Players often hesitate to shoot when they are not confident that they will be able to score. The fact is that it is better to at least try to score when the opportunity presents itself than to pass up the chance altogether. Besides, the only way to end a cold streak is to score a goal!
6. Only Shoot When It’s the Best Option
7. Put More Value in Practice
There are obvious reasons why training is important for finishing, and then there are some not-so-obvious reasons. There is a chance that you will get better at any moment on the training pitch, which is why you have to take it very seriously.
One obvious reason why practice is essential for improving your finishing is because you get to actually work on your craft. Not only are there many drills for finishing, but you also get to work on team drills, which will teach you when to look for your opportunities to score.
Practice is also where you will get quick feedback from coaches on what you are doing right and what you are doing wrong on the pitch. That feedback is invaluable when it comes to improving your finishing. Just starting out? Check out 7 Essential Soccer Tips For Beginners <<-
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