To do this, jump up off your soon-to-be shooting foot. With the opposite leg, forcefully bring your non-shooting leg upward, bringing you higher off the ground. Now, with the ball high off the ground, strike it like a volley.
This ball should be, once again, outside the goalkeeper’s range and ideally four to 10 yards off the goal line. This gives a great opportunity for a teammate to make a run to the far post and strike the ball hard toward the net.
When a team wants to keep position, they start by working the ball out of the back. Too many times, players think that working it out of the back only involves the goalkeeper and the defenders. But working it out of the back is really an 11-person activity—one that begins with the backs and the goalkeeper.
Everything kids ages 8 to 12 need to know to play smarter, more enjoyable soccer
As a youth soccer coach for more than twenty years, Coach Andrew Latham sets kids up for success in Soccer Smarts for Kids with his no-fluff, easy-to-understand strategies and cover-to-cover tips―from goal setting and staying fit to pre-game prep and mental motivation.
Coach Latham preps young players to be their best by sharing soccer secrets, exercises, and tricks for kids to develop their skills on the field, with:
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Andrew Latham is Head Coach for the Lower Island Soccer Association (LISA) in British Columbia, Canada. Bringing more than 20 years experience as a youth development coach in North America and the United Kingdom, he spent three and a half years with Sheffield United as a youth coach, where he played a key role in introducing Futsal to the Academy Players. He holds a CSA A license, US Soccer A License, UEFA B License, and the USYSA Y License, and is a graduate of the National Coaching Institute of Canada. Learn more by visiting: www.lowerislandsoccer.com.