The excitement for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia is building up, and if you’re a big fan, you’ll know the feeling. And if you play the game, you know all too well the elation of seeing the ball fly off your laces and smashing into the back of the net, followed by the heroic applause as your team mates cheer you on. However those moments are often few and far between for amateur players. To become a top goal scorer like the greats playing this World Cup, you’ll need to develop the various techniques required to seize each opportunity; this requires plenty of practice, patience and determination.
Scoring a goal in football can be achieved in a variety of ways but the vast majority happens within a very select area. So your main focus of play should be driving attacks and play-making to gain territory. The box is where the magic happens. Common goal-scoring opportunities usually come off the back of a corner or set piece play resulting in the ball being curled in from a distance.
Here are some tips and insights into how you can improve your game the next time you play the striker.
This is one of the more difficult ways to head the ball as this requires you to purposefully change the trajectory of the ball to beat the keeper.
This is all about precision timing. Too early and you miss. Too late — you also miss.
Practice makes perfect, so start off practising headers with a friend or teammate, throwing the ball in from the side lines, increasing the tempo as you progress.
This shot is particularly useful when you’re in a one-on-one situation and the keeper has come off of the goal line to become a last line of defence. This is a shot that Lionel Messi has mastered in his personal book of trickery.
Often coming from a sloppy clearance or rebound from the opposing team, a volley is a shot of great power that requires the point of contact to be perfectly placed in the middle.
A style made famous by Ronaldo during the Brazil vs France friendly in 1997 and perfected by England’s David Beckham, this kick is intended to evade through spin and curl, changing its trajectory mid-flight.
Get yourself kitted out in all the latest football gear and check out the new Home and Away kits of your favourite World Cup teams from Sun & Sand Sports. Hit the pitch in style before you show off your new-found skills.
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