Soccer Shooting

We’ve now learned about dribbling and passing, but how does the offense win the game? Ultimately, the goal of ball movement and possession is to create opportunities for the attacking team to shoot the ball and score a goal. Let's learn about shooting below.


Shooting is when an attacking player kicks the ball towards their offensive goal with the intent of scoring. These shots are often stronger than a pass, as the intention is to get the ball past the goalkeeper as opposed to being controlled by a teammate.

If the entire ball crosses the goal line and there were no instances of offsides fouls, a shot is declared a goal. Shots, shots on goal and goals are all statistics that measure both individual and team success with shooting.

The farther away a shooter is from goal, the more difficult it is to find the target. Defenders may block the ball and the goalkeeper has more time to react and cut off angles. Shots from outside the goal box require power, accuracy and sometimes a curl or bend to find the top corner. Good shots are often targeted at the space away from the goalkeeper in order to make it harder for the shots to be saved.

Soccer Shooting Lingo

There are some slang terms related to soccer shots. Let’s learn a few of them.


A howler is a long range shot with a lot of speed and power. The word howler can be used in reference to shots that score or ones that sail high over the crossbar and are wildly inaccurate.


A panenka is a type of shot that is kicked softly and lofted over the pitch. It is usually made during a penalty kick towards the goal.


A rabona is a type of shot or pass where the player wraps one-foot leg behind the other and kicks the ball with the opposite foot to deceive their defender.