No matter how  hard a team works, if they can't  shoot straight, that work will go to waste. Shooting produces about  three-quarters  of  all goals,  and the  more  practiced  a  team  is, the better they will become at scoring.
Shooting can be performed  from all distances using  a  varity  of  techniques.  Power  shooting from outside the box - even  from your territory - is  done  using instep and a big  follow-through. This can  produce  some of the most  spectacular goals.
However, a  simple  sidefoot  pass  into  the net can be just  as  effective  for  scoring a goal and no less valuable  to  the  result.  A  shot  can  be volleyed   ---  when   the   ball  is  in   the   air,  half - volleyed  --- when  it  is   on  the  bounce, curled with the inside or outside of the foot, and, perhaps best of all, chipped over the despairing goalkeeper.
   There is a choice when you are about  to take a shot,between power and accuracy. If  a  shot  is powerful  and  on target, it has good  chance  of  beating the goalkeeper. But  if  a  shot is  accurate  it  doesn't  need  much  power  to get past the keeper. It is important  to  practice both types of shot in order to have variety in your play.
     Another impotant aspect of shooting  is  the  ability  to take good penalties ( again, choosing  betwen  accuracy  and  power ),  particularly  in the modern game when  so many  matches  are  decided, after  extra  time, on  penalties, and  when  referees  are more  likely  to  point to the spot because of law changes favoring attackers.  

   There are many  different  ways of  shooting  for  the goal, incorporating  skills that have alredy been worked on. For example, you can sidefoot  the ball into the net, strike the ball with your instep,volley it, or drive it. All of these skills will be looked at in detail, but remember that when you are shooting you must  always keep your  head  down over the ball as you strike it.  This will keep the ball down, where as if you lean back, the ball is likely to fly in to the air over the crossbar. The most  important  thing of all  is to get your shot on target. Even if  the  goalkeeper saves it, you may win a corner or the ball may rebound to a teammate (or you) to provide another scoring opportunity.
  Sidefoot  Shooting

    The  skills  in  sidefoot  shooting  are  essentislly  identical to those practiced in side foot passing. The only real difference is that you can as much power as you can generate because you  don't  have  to  worry  about receiving teammate having to control it. Also, you  may  be  in  situation where you can disguise the direction of your shot by positioning  to  shoot  in  one  direction, than  at  the  last  moment  altering  your  body, leg, and foot positions and sidefooting  the  ball  the  other way. Initially, however, just  concentrate  on making good contact with the ball and hitting the target.


     Use the top surface area of your shoe just before the laces begin. Used to strike the ball with power.

  Hip - Swing Volley

     This is usedwhen you have to connect with the ball a little higher ( up to 1 yard off the ground ). Again, put your weight on the ball of your nonkicking  foot, but this time angle your foot toward the ball ( e.g. , if the ball  is coming from the right,  point your toes to the right ). Turn  your  body so that your  left shoulder ( if you are right-footed ) is in line with your foot. Watch the ball and as it approches  swing  your foot in the air, twisting  your sholder and hips to the left and  swiveling  on  the  ball  of  your foot. This will allow your kicking foot to reach higher off the ground. Connect with the ball with your instep-the laced part of your shoe.

The Chop Chip

     Place  your nonkicking foot next to the ball as if you were about to sidefoot or drive it, but stand slightly further forward so that you are almost standing over the ball. Push your kicking foot downward in a short,sharp movement into the  space  betwen  the ball and the ground, catching  the  edge of the ball on the way to create backspin. The ball should "chip" into the air. The spin will make it harder for the goalkeeper to make a save.

  Penalty - Taking

      Scoring  a  penalty  in a match  situation is as much about  confidence, nerve, and  concentration  as it is about technique. However, there  are  several  ways  to  strike a ball. Some  players drive it at the target as powerfully as they can, relying on its speed to beat keeper. Others  sidefoot  or  curve  the  ball  with the inside of their foot into the corners, knowing  that  if  they  are  accurate  the  keeper  can't  reach  the  ball, even if he dives the right way. Another option, if  you  can  see  that  the  goalkeeper  is  about to dive to one side or the other, is to blast the ball straight toward the center of the goal.  
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Sharp  Shooting
* Strike with shoelaces.
* Strike through center of ball.
* Swing leg and follow through.
* Keep relaxed except keep foot locked.
* Accuracy before power.
* Keep knee and head over ball.
* Place standing foot alongside ball, not in front or behind.
* Aim for bottom corners of goal.
* Follow after shooting.
* Use foot closest to the ball. I.E. left or right foot.
* Keep toe pointing down.
* Lock ankle.
Keep Shooting
Don't stop shooting - you may miss the first four or five shots you take but have the sixth or seventh shot hit the back of the net. If you're not even hitting the target then concentrate on getting your shots on goal, but don't get discouraged if you're first couple of shots don't go where you want them to go.

Often it takes a few shots to get into a rhythm, so your first couple of shots will be off target, but keep trying and don't lose your focus. Look for your chances and make something happen.  If you miss a wide open shot or a one on one with the goalkeeper, forget about that play and focus on getting that next chance and putting that one away.