During the past years, there have been more and more great goal scorers in soccer. Those goal scorers are often defined as clinical finishers… But what is finishing in soccer, really? This question has been asked a lot of times during the past decades by many soccer amateurs.
Today, we are going to cover this topic with an easy to understand explanation and by the end of this article, you’ll know what finishing is in soccer, and the criteria to become a great finisher.
- What is Finishing in soccer?
- What is a Clinical finisher in soccer?
- How do you practice finishing in soccer?
- How can you improve your soccer finishing?
- How long does it take to improve in soccer?
- Why is it hard to score?
- Why are goals so rare in soccer?
- Final thoughts
What Is Finishing In Soccer?
In a nutshell, finishing in soccer is the process of scoring a goal in or outside the penalty box. In order to score a goal, you have to stay cool. During a soccer game, there is a lot of pressure coming from your fans, teammates, coaches. That’s the external pressure and it’s always going to be there. But you have to be able to handle this pressure and be more confident when you’re in front of the goal.
What Is Clinical Finisher In Soccer?
Also known as ice cold finisher, clinical finishing is when a striker remains calm and cool in front of the goal and doesn’t panic. Many players such as C.Ronaldo, E.Haaland, or Lewandowski are known to be clinical finishers. They do have the ability to easily score a goal when they are inside the penalty area.
Remember, only the defender is truly under pressure because he knows a foul inside a penalty area is too costly and can cause a penalty. So, he is going to be very careful.
This means the striker has the advantage.
A clinical finisher always set himself up and only think about the goal.
A clinical finisher always knows that the angles of the goal are his friends. So, whether it’s high or low, he always targets them to make it more difficult for the goalkeeper to save it.
How Do You Practice Finishing In Soccer?
Quite frankly, if you want to be a better finisher, it’s all about practice and repetition.
Here’s a great YouTube video by Michael Lewis that does a very good job at showing you five training drills to be a better finisher in front of the goal.
As you can see from the video above, it’s perfectly possible to practice your finishing and become very good at it.
All you need are some motivation, determination, repetition and you’re going to wake someday and realize you’re rocking it.
How Can I Improve My Soccer Finishing?
Here are seven tips to improve your finishing:
- Always train in-game situations.
- Put yourself under pressure.
- Train your weak foot. In a soccer game, you will not always have the opportunity to use your strong foot.
- Train with your back to goal. Make your finishing training harder by trying to score in different angles.
- You need to have a good setup. Have a great first touch, tap the ball a little bit in front of you and you’ll have a good chance to score.
- Always see where the goalie is and react to that. If he is on the left, target the right and vice versa. If he is out of his line, you could chip it.
- Not all shoots are good for power. Sometimes, you might only need to place it in a corner of the goal. So, choose power or placement.
How Long Does It Take To Improve In Soccer?
If you are looking to improve any skills or techniques in soccer, it should take you around 15 training hours per week. You have to be determined enough and commit to a schedule. Don’t overtrain, you don’t have to train for the whole day. You can, for instance, train from Monday to Friday, three hours each day. That’s more than enough to improve in soccer.
Remember, practice makes perfect.
Why Is It Hard To Score In Soccer?
It is hard to score in soccer because you are facing other teams and players who also know what they are doing. They are fit, physically, technically and tactically prepared. Meaning, the opponent defence will likely be tough to dribble and score. And this is what makes soccer so great and exciting.
Soccer is based on strategies. No professional team can enter the pitch without a specific strategy to use in the game. This is why some games can be tough to score. This is because both managers use different tactics to beat each other’s tactics.
Sometimes, you may wonder how can a small team beat a huge team. Well, this is because most of the time, the manager of the big team has failed and has been tactically beaten.
So, if a team doesn’t manage to score a goal, it means the opposing manager has done a good job tactically to prevent it.
Why Are Goals So Rare In Soccer Nowadays?
Unlike tennis, basketball, handball or any other sport, goals are so rare in soccer and this is due to diverse reasons. First, a soccer game lasts for 90+ minutes, meaning, players get tired and don’t have the same intensity and energy as at the kick-off. Secondly, the size of the pitch(about 100 metres long). Thirdly, each team has become very tactical. You can’t just run all the way to score. Rather, you have to analyse your opponent and wait for their mistakes. This usually reduces the number of goals during a soccer game.
No matter which position you are in, any player can be great at finishing.
All it takes is some practices and repetitions and by the time you realize it, you will be great at finishing in soccer.
Do you have any questions? Are you a striker, defender, midfielder? What is your speciality in soccer? Let us know in the comment section below.