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Perfecting the Chip Shot

Have you ever been on a break away or battling shoulder to shoulder with a defender while having the ball under your control and need to score a goal?  If you are a forward the answer is most likely yes.  How you chose to shoot is up to you but the one shot that requires a very high level skill to be performed under high pressure is the chip shot.  Chipping the ball over the goalie is a very risky move.  If successfully pulled off your status as a clinical goal scorer will only increase.

Performing the chip:

  • The goalie must be off his line.  By off his line, I mean at least the penalty spot. This way, if the goalie reads your chip and jumps to block it, the ball will still have enough time to drop below the cross bar into the net.
  • In the final moment before you shoot, you must be calm.  The more relaxed you are, the greater likely hood of being able to score with the chip shot.  Many players miss break aways due to anxiety.  They get all excited thinking they will score but at final moment needs to be performed calm, cool and collectively.
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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