5 Ideas for Taking Up Good Positions to Create and Score More Goals
All goal scorers need to take up good positions in the penalty box to score goals.
Whether it's about the timing of the run, anticipating, or putting yourself in the right place at the right time, feeling the game and discovering good goal scoring positions is key to a high conversion rate.
Here are five ideas for getting yourself into the right spots to score and create goals.
1. Bend Your Runs
A good rounded, or J-run, is critical anywhere on the pitch, but even more so around the opponents penalty box.
Once you've made eye-contact with your teammate, do your best to bend your run to stay onside when you receive the ball, that way you'll be in the red zone and an area of the pitch where 1-2 touches is all you should need to have a strike on target.
2. Sniff out The Goal
All good goal scorers seem to have a knack of being in the right place at the right time, but this isn't an uncultivated skill, it comes from observing, analyzing, and processing the game around you.
Does the goalkeeper spill crosses or shots? Do the center backs have heavy first touches that you can take advantage of? Does your teammate have the better of the outside back, and can you get to the front post for them once they've beaten their player?
If you're switched on and recording the things around you as the game transpires, you will find it much easier to sniff out the goals.
3. Body Shape
Body shape is a huge part of soccer, and especially important when trying to create or score goals. How you position yourself in and around the box makes all the difference.
Are you playing in the D with your back to goal to provide a layoff? Are you playing with your shoulder open on the corner of the box allowing you to face forward or set the ball for a teammate? Are you hanging on the shoulder of the last defender pointing to the foot you want your attacking center midfielder to play the ball to?
Body shape is extremely important and helps paint the picture of the goal you're working to create.
4. Be Mobile and Run Off The Ball
Movement is key in and around the box. Are you making decoy runs, overlaps, underlaps, are you checking in to receive the ball and then getting out if it doesn't come?
Your selfless running off the ball is crucial to helping your team score goals. The mobility of players in and around the box opens spaces and windows, makes defenders commit, and dictates passes from teammates or allows them to go full steam ahead towards goal.
5. Have an Air of Unpredictability About Your Play
Take up different positions in and around the penalty box. Consider dropping deep to midfield on occasion to pull your defender out or collect the ball. Occupy and make runs through different channels to confuse the opposition's defenders and midfielders.
If you mix it up, vary your runs and positions around the pitch, while sticking to the tactics laid out prior to the game, you're bound to find yourself in good positions to score or create for others.
Finding yourself with the goalkeeper at your mercy isn't luck, it comes from taking up good positions in and around the 18 yard box.
If you consider some of these ideas, there's no question that you will be on your way to celebrating some great goals with your teammates!