How to Develop the Ability to Score Goals Outside the 18-Yard Box
Having the courage to shoot from distance, and the technical ability and proper technique to hit a shot from 20-30 yards away from goal is a necessary and important part of any player's skill set.
There are body-mechanics and muscle memorization skills that can be coached to and learned by young and older players alike, so focus on building a strong technical foundation, and ensuring that you are implementing the correct application, that way you'll be scoring goals from outside the 18-yard box before you know it.
Here are some ideas to help you develop the abilities for hitting screamers from afar.
It's About Technique, Not Big Muscles
Being able to strike a ball from distance doesn't take bulging leg muscles or an inflated testosterone level, it takes proper body shape and technique to direct the ball towards goal with pace, power, and precision.
Learning to develop the proper rhythm and timing, plant foot direction and location, and ankle position are the most important aspects of gaining the technique to shoot from distance with power.
As soon as possible, start training to the beat of a technical drummer, get the fundamental movements down before you move on to trying to rip shots deep.
Use The Whole Body to Generate power
A hulking physical physique isn't the secret to generating power when kicking a soccer ball, on the contrary, using the entire body, most importantly the hips and core, as well as the arms, shoulders and torso can help any player learn to score goals from distance.
Utilize all the energy your body can create when you get it fine tuned and in sync, the basic physics behind involving the entire body will help you power-up your shooting.
Keep Your Head on The Ball
Far too many players make a dramatic approach, apply the proper technique, but then take their head off the ball and look at the goal prematurely to get a peak of what they hope will be a net bursting shot released from their foot.
As you can guess, the opposite happens, and the shot is often screwed harmlessly wide because the player wasn't focused on the actual striking of the ball.
It is imperative that you keep your head down, and focused on the ball, from the start and finish of your kicking motion.
Land on Your Kicking Foot
There are thousands of soccer players that have never been taught to generate power in their shot by landing on their kicking foot, the process of following through completely with your kicking leg and landing on the foot that struck the ball, rather than staying stationary on the plant foot.
If you can develop the proper technique to jump through the ball and follow through to your target, you'll be able to get your whole body behind your shot, and will be pleasantly surprised at how shooting from distance becomes a natural part of your repertoire.
Repetition and Focused Practice Breeds Success
It should come as no surprise that developing the proper abilities to score goals from outside the 18-yard box requires repeated, focused, practice on developing the proper mechanics.
The more you smooth out and perfect your technique, the more easy your kicking motion will become under the high intensity and high speeds of a competitive match.