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Of all the drills for soccer, the shooting drills could be the most difficult to teach. Children learn at a very young age to walk up to a ball and take a swing at it striking the ball with their toe. Breaking the habit of toe kicking is the first step. Most players when called on toe kicking don't even know they are doing it, and the sad fact is most coaches don't work on correcting it.

The soccer ball should be kicked with the laces of the shoe, the inside or out side of the foot or the knuckle just above the big toe (which is also refered to as the sweet spot), not he toe! With that being said, here are a few shooting drills for soccer I like to run in practice.

Three goal progression is the first. Use half of the field with goals on three sides. On the fourth side you have your players, all with soccer balls. The drill starts by the first player dribbling to the first goal and taking a shot, a coach standing by the first goal will pass another ball to that player as he continues on to the next goal. Again the coach by the second goal passes a ball into the player as he continues onto the third goal where he takes his final shot. This shooting drills for soccer teaches, dribbling and shooting and finishing the play.

World cup soccer is my favorite shooting drills for soccer. We use this drill for team shooting and passing as well as defensive work. Start this drill with 4 teams of 3 players each and one goalie. All 4 teams play at the same time against each other. The teams attempt to gain control of the ball and move it around to get a good shot. The first team to score a goal will sit out the rest of the first round until there are two teams left, and the team that doesn't score then is out of the competition. The other teams come back and play with 3 teams of three and so on. The drill continues until there is only one team two teams are left, to win the world cup one of those teams must score. This drill teaches passing in traffic, teamwork, field vision and shooting.

I've gone over only a few of the shooting drills for soccer here, and although there are hundreds more I could have chosen. I use these often simply because it involves the majority of my team in one drill. One important thing to remember is to teach the proper form and technique. Keep it Fun! visit us at goodsoccerskills.com


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