Soccer is not all about scoring goals, but it sure is fun to do so. Defenders will also celebrate like they’ve scored a goal when they clear the line.
It can be tough to score a goal, especially against strong teams, but you’re in the right place to find out how you can hit the target.
For kids, youth and beginners, this is a guide to help you score more goals.
How do kids and beginners score soccer goals?
Players score soccer goals by kicking the ball between the upright frames and beneath the crossbar. For a goal to be given, the entire soccer ball must cross the line that runs from one upright to the other.
A soccer goal is worth one point on the score sheet.
To score a goal, it’s best practice for youth to hit the target with as much power as they can. Remember these key points;
As a player develops from their youth, the focus of a shot will be to aim either side of the goalkeeper. Continue reading to find out how to score every time…
Why is it so hard to score in soccer?
Soccer is a low-scoring game. In the current MLS season, the average amount of goals scored per match is 2.5. That’s low scoring compared to sports like football.
But why’s it so hard to score in soccer? Apart from the relatively small goal area, which is 24 feet wide and 8 feet high, the speed of the game plays a big part in the low scoring.
It’s difficult to move the ball upfield at speed without losing it. So, teams lacking good technical ability tend to play slowly.
When a team plays slowly, it allows the opposition players to organize themselves into position.
This means that the team defending their goal can get many players behind the ball before the slow team nears their danger zone.
The more opposition players there are between the ball and the goal, the harder it’s for the attackers to score because a team with many players defending the goal has a higher chance of stopping the ball.
For this reason, teams that move the ball quickly find it easier to score. It’s also why transitions in play are one of the most dangerous times for the team losing the ball.
Often, speed is key to scoring when it means the opposing team can’t get back into position. A great example of that can be seen here;
Notice it takes only 10 touches and 20 seconds for the team to score the goal!
So, if all it takes is speed, then why not pack a team with sprinters and score lots and lots of goals?
If only it were that easy. The truth is, it takes great skill and teamwork to effectively move the soccer ball with speed. And it takes more than speed to score goals every time, as we’ll see now.
How do you score a soccer goal every time?
To score soccer goals every time, one thing helps above all else: practice. But to get better at scoring soccer goals, Players must know the best things to practice.
That’s why we’ll look at five important areas of goal scoring:
Positioning, touch, composure, shooting, and accuracy
If you practice these, they’ll be scoring soccer goals for fun in no time.
- Positioning – if we’re too far from the goal line, we won’t score goals. But where is the best position? Inside the 18-yard box.
Inside the 18-yard box; This the place to be to score soccer goals. Get inside the 18-yard box often to score goals.
English Premier League champions Manchester City scored 83 goals this season, 73 from inside the 18-yard box, a rate of 88%.
Top tip: Practice getting into different positions inside the 18-yard box.
- Touch – the more touches we take, the harder it’s to score. But how many touches are best?
As few touches as possible; Inside the 18-yard box, the fewer touches the better. This gives defenders and the goalie little time to react. A first-time shot is the best of all. But this takes practice.
When inside the 18-yard box take as few touches as possible to score lots of soccer goals.
Top tip: In practice, take 4 touches before shooting and work down to 3, 2, and 1. Then, try shooting first-time without any touches.
- Composure – if we’re composed, we’ll score more soccer goals.
Stay calm; This gives them a better chance of scoring goals. So, stay calm and score goals.
The best players make it look easy because they’re composed under pressure. When inside the 18-yard box take as few touches as possible and stay calm to score goals for fun.
Top tip: To practice staying calm, ask family members or friends to put pressure on you inside the 18-yard box.
- Shooting – if we don’t shoot, we won’t score. But what’s the best type of shot for players to score soccer goals every time?
Keep it low; A low shot makes it harder for the goalie to reach the ball. This increases the chances of scoring soccer goals. And scoring goals is fun.
When inside the 18-yard box take as few touches as possible, stay calm and shoot low to score lots of goals.
Top tip: Keep your head over the ball when you shoot.
- Accuracy – if we don’t shoot on the frame, we can’t score. It’s as simple as that. But what part of the frame is best to shoot for?
Shoot to the sides; The side of the frame is the hardest place for the goalie to reach. Players can practice shooting the soccer ball as close to the upright as possible while staying on the frame.
When inside the 18-yard box take as few touches as possible, stay calm and shoot low to the sides to score soccer goals every time.
Top tip: Practice shooting from close to the goal line and move back as your accuracy improves.
If players follow these five steps and practice, they’ll score soccer goals every time.
What is it called when you score 2,3,4,5,6,7 goals in soccer?
Now that we know how to score soccer goals every time, we’ve to know what to call all the goals we’ll score.
- 2 soccer goals – a brace. Great job if you score a brace.
- 3 soccer goals – a hat-trick. Scoring a hat-trick is awesome.
- 4 soccer goals – a haul. Sharp-shooters score a haul.
- 5 soccer goals – a glut. Now we’re in Messi territory.
- 6 soccer goals – a double hat-trick. Only the (George) best players score 6.
- 7 soccer goals – a haul-trick. There’s magic in your feet.
What is a super hat-trick?
A super hat-trick is when a player scores 3 goals in a specific way—one with the right foot, one with the left foot, and one with the head.
This is also referred to as a perfect hat-trick. A super hat-trick is rare in soccer.
Keep practicing, stick to the key points in this article and you’ll score more goals. The more we practice, the more soccer goals we’ll score, and that makes soccer even more fun!
I’ve played soccer across the U.S.A, Europe and I’ve coached many teams. Soccer is life for me, and with my experience in the game, I want to share my insights into the beautiful game with you.
Joel Powel – Soccer Blade