5 Ways to Improve Finishing Inside the Box
Your team can be the most creative in the world, using overloads, wall-passes, overlaps, and the like to create goal scoring opportunities in the final third, but if you can't convert your chances, you're never going to be a top team.
Here are 5 ways to improve your overall finishing ability inside the box.
1.Develop Fox-In-The-Box Sixth Sense
All the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the game have an extra-sensory perception of where the goal is, they can be positioned back to goal, with lumbering defenders breathing their bad breath down their neck, yet they still have the ability to turn in the flash of an eye and unleash a thunderous shot into the upper-corner of the goal.
Developing that fox-in-the-box six sense comes from repeated finishing drills inside the box during training, and practicing the art of receiving and turning, and hitting shots with limited touches or first-time. It's an ability that can be trained and enhanced by working with focused practice and bag of balls, it's a simple as that.
2. Use All Parts of Your Foot
The best finishers in the world can finish off a chance with all different parts of their foot, instep, laces, heel, outside of the boot, studs, etc., so it's best to start developing ankle flexibility and the proper mechanics to convert chances with all parts of your foot right away.
By diversifying your ball-striking ability, you'll start to become a more rounded poacher inside the area and will start scoring more goals in a flash.
3. Hit Shots into Crowds
One mistake a lot of players make is their reluctance to hit shots into a crowd of defenders or teammates, and a lot of goals go begging because players do not do this.
Shooting into a crowd can initiate a chain-reaction of events that increases the odds of your team scoring goals inside the box: deflections, own goals, and opportunistic second-balls are all created from shooting into a crowd of players.
There's no reason to try and walk the ball into the net and score the perfect goal, start hitting shots when you create the space to do so and good things will happen.
4. Pounce on The Second-Ball
The second-ball, whether resulting from a corner, cross, free-kick, or shot on target is a perfect opportunity for your team to exploit and score more goals.
It is imperative that you and your teammates be first to all second-balls, because cultivating the hunger to get to the second-ball first will significantly increase the percentage of goals your team will score.
5. Be Ruthless
All of the greatest goal-scorers in the history of the game have a ruthlessness in front of goal, the understand how hard it is to score goals and the put it all on the line to ensure that the can capitalize on an opportunity when it comes their way.
But players aren't born with ruthless finishing prowess, it comes from hours upon hours of shooting and finishing practices from all corners and areas of the box, so lace up your boots, and start incorporating some of these ideas to improve your finishing inside the box.