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How to Shoot in Soccer

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Added: February 17, 2012
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This iSport Lesson teaches soccer players how to shoot a soccer ball.
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No matter how good your defense is if you can't score goals you won't win any games. This isport lessons video shows... See More

No matter how good your defense is if you can't score goals you won't win any games. This isport lessons video shows you how to shoot in soccer. There are three basic steps in taking a shot. Step one is the approach. Step two is the plant. And step three is the kick. The approach focuses on how you move up to the ball. Start out by approaching the ball pretty much straight on, rather than coming in from the side. The plant is literally the last step you take before shooting where your non-kicking foot is firmly planted on the ground. Your plant step should be a moderate distance to one side of the ball between 6 inches and a foot. And the kick is the shot itself. After you plant with your non-kicking foot your shooting leg should be bent back in preparing to take the shot. Just like when you pass it's very important to lock your ankle when you take a shot. Your shooting leg should be completely straight immediately before your foot makes contact with the ball. Also, unlike passing, however, your leg should be facing forward with your toes and foot pointing straight down. This will help you strike the ball with the correct part of your foot the laces of your shoe. It's also important to stay mostly upright when taking a shot. If you lean to far back while you shoot your shot will rise quickly and likely sail right over the goal. Here's a recap of what we learned. The three steps involved with shooting are the approach, the plant, and the kick. Your shooting foot should be pointed down and slightly outward so you strike the ball with the laces of your shoe. As with most other soccer skills make sure you practice shooting with both feet.

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