Soccer shot types
Not every goal looks the same, and that's because there are several different shot types a player can use to score. Shooting is when a player kicks the ball with the intention of scoring. Here are some more specific shot types to learn about:
- goal kicks
A dummy is a move wherein the attacking player moves their body in a way that looks like they will shoot or pass in a certain direction, only to do another action or shoot/pass in different direction.
A chip is when a player, attacking near the goal, chooses to loft the ball with the attempt of getting over the goalkeeper. This will reduce the power of the shot, making it easier for the goalkeeper to deflect or stop if they can make contact with it.
PRO TIP: Chips are typically used when a goalkeeper is off their line or on the ground as they are not in a position to save it.
A Panenka is a soft, lofted kick mostly taken in a penalty shot, down the middle of goal, executed by kicking underneath the center of the ball. Panekas are often seen as a confident shot and are not very common.
A goal kick is a kick awarded to a goalkeeper when the ball goes out of bounds past the bylines. While this is mostly used as an attempt to pass the ball far upfield, there have been a handful of occasions (most famously by American goalkeeper Tim Howard) where a goal kick resulted in the goalkeeper scoring a goal.
PRO TIP: On teams that like to control possession goal kicks are usually short passes to the center backs or full backs, as a pass to them is able to start the slow offensive build up rather than sending it far up the field and risk losing possession.