Because the striker scores most of the goals, I would like to include him in today's discussion of shooting.
There is a certain amount of glamor and excitement in scoring goals.
A good striker is a special breed of player. He must have the ability to score goals. These abilities should enable him to convert some of the 50/50 chances. As a rule, he has little time and space to prepare his shots, so he must be quick of mind and movement.
Confidence is a must. He has to accept the responsibility of shooting, realizing that very few shots enter the goal. But to get in a shot when in a goal-scoring position is far better than unnecessarily passing the ball to another player. Up to a point, he should be a little selfish with the ball.
As in basketball, there is more body contact near the goal and the striker becomes very much involved. Therefore, he must be aggressive, yet show composure and obviously have a broad variety of shots. He must be capable of shooting from many different angles because the ball is rarely stationary.
A shot on the ground, although less spectacular than one in the air, has a better chance of going in. So when shooting, it is advisable to use controlled accuracy, rather than erratic force.
A shot "going away" from the keeper is difficult to save and if the kicker can put some swerve on the ball, it can create all kinds of problems.
He also needs that uncanny sense of awareness of the positions opponents have taken up. And he must act accordingly.
Diagram 1 -- Preparing for instep shot: The player is well balanced. Nonkicking foot firmly positioned alongside and head over the ball. The power will come from the knee on down with a snapping action on impact with the ball. Follow through.
Diagram 2 -- Side volley kick: Player "leans" into the ball, eyes on the ball. Contact should be made fractionally on the upper part of the ball to direct the shot downward.
Diagram 3 -- Shooting practice game: G.K. no. 1 throws ball to teammate No. 2, who immediately controls, turns and shoots past opponent No. 1 on goal.
1. Small playing area -- sizes in diagram approximate.
2. Eight players including two goalkeepers.
3. Man-for-man marking -- no offsides.
4. Goalkeepers must distribute the ball by hand.
The game is fast-paced, as each player, when in possession, must try a shot on goal. His time on the ball must be minimal to the point of shooting without controlling it.
Do not encourage dribbling by an opponent. But emphasize an early shot past him. Such a shot can disturb the keeper's vision and his reaction to the shot can be delayed.
If the player in possession is too far from the opponent's goal to shoot, he should pass the ball.
Constant movement is required, so new teams should come on the field every four to five minutes. Players on the sidelines should keep feeding in another ball, if one is kicked out of play.
Remember: You only get out of practice what you put into it. So work hard and well, and shoot often; goals win games.