HOW IT WORKS
Complete the form
First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can
Choose a topic area
View your results and choose an area to study
Identify two aims
Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on
Practice to improve
Let your coach know what you are working on
This webpage has been especially designed to help you improve your shooting. We will look at some great goalscorers and see what we can learn from them - including Alex Morgan, Patrick Aubameyang and Christine Sinclair. We will focus on decision-making (when/where/how to shoot), taking the opportunity to shoot, as well as accuracy.
Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.
HOMEWORK TASK 1
Have a look at the great goalscorers in the first two videos. How would you describe their attitude when it comes to shooting at goal?
- Find 2 goals where Alex Morgan is tightly-marked but manages to score from a cross by getting ahead of his opponent.
- Find 2 more goals where Bobby Charlton has to react very quickly in order to score from a cross. Notice how he is ALWAYS alert and ready to pounce!
- Remember: For every shot they score, they will miss one or two others. You won't score every time you shoot, but you must keep trying.
- You must practice shooting on both of your feet. You will be twice as good as a goalscorer if you shoot with both your left and right foot.
HOMEWORK TASK 2
There are many techniques involved in scoring goals. To be a good goal-scorer, you need to be good at a variety of ways of scoring. Choose two of the areas below, and practice the techniques on your own.
Low driven shot (Christine Sinclair)
The volleyed goal
the 'Ronaldo' strike
Bend it like Beckham
Chipping the ball
Dummying the goalkeeper
Make sure you practice several times a week.
How to practice
Scientists have done lots of research on how people develop skills. They have found that the best type of practice for sports is something called Deliberate Practice (or sometimes called Deep Practice). They have found that one hour of Deliberate Practice is more useful and effective than several hours of non-Deliberate Practice. Find out more about Deliberate Practice by watching the videos below.
In the two videos expert Daniel Coyle talks about the magic and importance of practice, and how quality of time is more important than quantity of time:
Here are the key factors needed for Deliberate Practice:
- Practice needs to be intense and focused, and you need to make a lot of effort to learn. Practice should push you to the edge of your abilities, outside your comfort zone
- It helps to set a goal for yourself so you are trying to improve at something in particular (eg. ball control, shooting on target, improving your weaker foot etc)
- There should be repetition of key techniques or skills. Techniques should be corrected, concentrate on correcting each mistake you make
- It helps to have an expert coach to give feedback and tuition
HOMEWORK TASK 3
To finish off our work on Shooting, choose to study either Patrick Aubameyang or Vivianne Meidema.
- Can you spot at least four of the six types of shot from Homework Task 2?
- What key skill or attitude can you take from your chosen striker and try to copy into your own game?
Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.
You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.
For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.
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