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Pele’s scoring secrets revealed

Every soccer player has heard of Brazilian legend Pele.  Even most non soccer fans have heard of him.  But what most people don’t know about him – including soccer fans – is the way he scored goals.  Pele scored over 1,000 career goals therefore he must know a thing or two about putting the ball in the back of the net.  So why not study him and improve your finishing abilities?

When looking at the modern striker of today, many forwards will try to blast the ball in the net.  They simply have a strong shot and shoot as hard as they can hoping for the best.  This is why when they miss the net the ball is often in the 50th row of the stands.

Now study Pele and notice the few secrets he used to became such a great goal scorer:

  • Notice that he always shoots where the goalie is not.  This sounds obvious, right?  Really make an effort to put the ball to the side of the net where the goalie isn’t standing.  Look up and then shoot the ball.  Even if the goalie sees you look this won’t be a problem if do this for a split second and shoot accurately.  Unfortunately, many players do the opposite.  They simply get the ball on their foot, shoot and then hope for the best.  When the ball is shot wide they cover their face or put their arms above their head in disbelief.
  • The truth is that if the ball has enough accuracy there won’t be any need to shoot as hard as you can.  In fact, you could be shooting from great distance but with the right amount of accuracy the goalie won’t stand a chance.
  • Pele was always calm before shooting.  Once again, it sounds obvious but being calm in that final moment before shooting on net (or heading) makes the biggest difference.  Think about the advantage you’ll have over your opponents when you are calm.  The opposition is worried you’re in a scoring position so they will definitely be anxious, as will everyone on the field.  Instead you’ll be the one in charge deciding how the next moments will play out.
  • It is easier said than done but being calm in the final moment before shooting is the secret to putting the ball in the back of the net.

Watch video of Pele show us how it’s done!

Philip MacDonald

By Philip MacDonald

The idea for Goalden is to help other soccer players of all ages improve the many different aspects of their game. We began coaching youth teams and watching youth soccer all over Ontario. We watched semi-professional and professional teams and noticed how far the game still has to develop here. From that, we decided we want to help others obtain the best information as early as possible in their soccer careers. We want to educate readers about the game of soccer and the fine details that are often overlooked by coaches in North America.

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