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This section describes how to perform different types of shots.
The following shooting techniques are described:

The base priciples and the techniques for shooting are the same as those of the pass.
As opposed to the passing movement the shooting movement is "longer", meaning that the ball is released later pushing it downwards. The later the ball is released the lower the shot.

Here are some common mistakes made by beginners and some tips on how to correct them:

Problem: The shot is directed upwards.
How to correct: This problem is usually caused by the grip being too low or the player using too much power. Raise the grip or use less power.

Long distance shot

The further away from the goal the more important is the power. Long distance shots are therefore usually made with a lower grip on the cross giving it more power. Unfortunately when lowering the grip, as when passing, it is difficult to get good precision. Long distance shots are therefore unusual.

Another important matter is the fact that the goalkeeper have more time to react on long distance shots.
This is why power is necessary. There is however a way to shoot from quite a long distance but still surprise the goalkeeper; by shooting from a hidden angle, preferably using a bounce shot. Use the defender's body to hide the shot by shooting beside his/her body.

Short distance shot

Most of the shots are fired from a short distance, usually from within a meter from the crease.
When shooting from this distance it is very difficult for the goalkeeper to react. This means that the important thing is not power but rather precision. Thus, the grip should be high in order to get better precision.


Bounce shot

The bounce shot is a very effective version of the normal shot where the shot is directed to the floor in front of the goalkeeper. The resulting bounce makes it very difficult for the goalkeeper.

This shot can be used at short as well as long distance. It is even more effective when released hidden from the goalkeeper for example on the side of a defender.

Back shot

The back shot is a difficult but very effective shooting technique. It is performed by taking the shot behind the back rather than in front of the body. This shot is usually made after faking a normal shot. It is very effective in sharp angles, where the player has run past the goal. Because the shot is made behind the back it is hidden from the goalkeeper making it even more difficult to predict.

The major difference from a normal shot is the direction of the lower body and feet. When shooting a back shot the body should rather be placed in a 90-degree angle from the goalkeeper, facing the sideline. The eyes however should always be placed on the target. The grip should be high. Next the upper body is turned placing the shoulders parallel to the goalkeeper, i.e. the chest facing the own goal. When turning the upper body the cross is moved up behind the back of the head where the shot is released.

In order to turn the upper body it is important to place the feet correctly.
The foot closest to the goal should be placed in front of the other.

Some common problems:

Problem: The shot is directed upwards.
How to correct:

This problem is usually caused by one of the following:

  • The grip is too low.
    Correct by raising the grip.
  • Using too much power.
    Correct by using less power.
  • Not lifting the upper arm enough.
    The elbow should be lifted to the level of the shoulder.
    Correct by lifting the elbow.
Problem: The shot is wide of the target.
How to correct:

This is usually caused by not placing the body in the correct angle to the target.
The feet and hips should be in a 90-degree angle from the target while the shoulders and chest should be almost parallel to it. This movement takes some time to learn.
Encourage practicing agains a wall. Spot a target on the wall and try to hit it using the back shot.

Another cause might be not lifting the elbow of the upper arm.

Low shot

The low shot is a very difficult technique. When performed properly, it generates a very hard, fast and difficult shot. Speed is the primary ingredient, but in order to keep the ball in the cross long enough also requires very good technique and "feeling".

The shot is performed by lowering the head of the cross below the knee and releasing the shot there.

Grip the cross low, lower it to the knee with the basket facing upwards. Next turn the opening towards the goal while lowering the cross below the knee. When the ball is placed in the upper part of the cross' basket, push it forwards to relase the shot.

The speed is necessary when lowering the cross below the knee. If the speed is insufficient the ball is dropped before the shot is made. This is what makes this shot so difficult.