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What is the correct way to shoot a football? Please suggest me some drills for improving my shooting power?

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possible (at least partial) duplicate: sports.stackexchange.com/questions/2442/… –  posdef Jun 24 at 11:38
There are two completely unrelated questions here. If you can split it into two questions, I'll remove the downvote. –  studro Jun 25 at 5:13
I think it is fine now. –  Abdullah Jun 25 at 5:23

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There is no one-true way to shoot in football, the only correct way is the way that works (i.e. the way you can score the most with).

That being said shots can be classified with the part of the foot that comes in contact with the ball, as SahuKahn has mentioned in his answer. I'll give more details:

  1. Inner side of the boot: the most classic shot with the inner side of your boot. Here's a video explaining this type of shot. Pros: typically best accuracy, most control on the ball thus best chance to "place" the ball. This type of shot is also easier to fake and continue with a dribble.

  2. "Knuckle" shot: name is pretty self explanatory really. Here's a long video showing examples and some explanation as to how to shoot like that. The advantage is that the ball path is really difficult for the goalkeeper to judge, and the drawback is that it's hard to "get it right". Usually you need a good and controlled run up to the ball, thus this type of shot harder to pull off in the heat of the game.

    I have personally tried it out and I can see a definite improvement of my shot even tho I am not quite there yet..

  3. Lace shot: This would be the footballs equivalent of a "smash". I would call it a typical, old-school English shot with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard being two kings of this type of shot. Here's a video comparing those two players (the first 2 mins is relatively irrelevant fan stuff). Pros; full power on the shot, practically the entire motion of the leg is transferred to the ball. Cons; hard to control the accuracy, also ball path is usually pretty much straight

  4. Outside shot: This is actually pretty much the opposite of #1. Outside of the boot, very little control (usually) and you get the reverse curve on the ball. Good example of such shot would be to look at Quaresma, here's a small collection of goals he scored.

    This type of shot is unpredictable and hard to save for the goalie and it typically generates a counter-intuitive path. However it's also extremely hard to get it effective and outside of the boot is typically not the best part of the foot for control. For instance I was told on multiple occasions to keep my outside-foot dribbles/shots/passes to an absolute minimum.

  5. Chip: You use the front part of your boot and go under the ball, to lift the ball quickly. This type of shot is used to "chip" the ball over the goalkeeper, either because the goalkeeper is far off the goal (in comparison to where the ball is) or that goalkeeper is charging to sweep the ball. Here are some examples.

Besides these you can of course shoot with your toes, or heel etc, but that's not that much different than shooting with your knee or shin; the ball hits you somewhere and if you are lucky and get a "clean" hit then the ball bounces back towards the goal.

I would not recommend relying on a toe-shot (even though we have seen several scored this world cup like Oscar's goal vs Croatia) as it's weak and typically very straight ball path.

As for how to improve: practice makes perfect. Look for drills, take shots against a wall, against targets, ask tips and pointers from friends. I typically play with the ball before and after the games, and aim at the goal, the posts, the crossbar, any signs or lampposts, even friends. Even that counts as practice... The more shots you take, the better your foot and your brain understands the ball paths, and amount of power you need to put in to get the shot right.

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Use of the outside of your foot is a skill like any other, so with practice you can become proficient. I would never tell someone not to use a skill because it's less commonly used because less people practice it. It's a different skill that has different benefits. –  DannyBland 16 hours ago
@DannyBland I agree that outside shot/cross/pass has a role to play in the game, and a valuable asset to have for any player. But it's perhaps not the best place to start improving/practising, that's all I am saying :) –  posdef 12 hours ago

There are number of ways to shoot.

  1. Sidefoot shot - In this shot, you hit the ball with the side of your foot. This gives you greater accuracy and you will have more control over where the ball should go.
  2. Instep (laces) shot - This is a shot where you hit the ball with your instep (the area where your laces are). This gives you more power than a sidefoot shot, if followed through nicely. Also this can cover a greater distance.
  3. Toe poke - This is the least preferred shot. That's because you don't get much accuracy with this, and the ball just goes straight ahead. This can be used when you are very near to goal, and are rushed to take a shot. Basically to "Stab the ball home".
  4. Outside of your foot - This is basically the reverse of side foot, and in this you hit the ball with the outside of your foot. This is useful in cases when you need to give the ball the reverse spin. It doesn't generate a lot of power though.

To improve your shooting power, have a look at this answer.

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I didn't downvote, but "you could do a quick google search" amused me. –  studro Jun 25 at 5:14
Its nice that it amused you, but how can you explain to someone in words, how to do a particular trick? When just a quick search can convey it better through the videos. That was the point i was trying to make. –  SahuKahn Jun 25 at 6:16
The question has changed now, so if you remove the last sentence, I can upvote your answer. –  studro Jun 25 at 12:00
Thanks for letting me know that the question had been modified. Edited the answer. :) –  SahuKahn Jun 25 at 12:01
Thx for the upvote. –  SahuKahn Jun 25 at 12:05

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