Ibrahimovic, Van Persie, Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Suarez. What similar traits do these players share? Well simply they know how to score goals and not just a few but truck loads of goals. Ever wish you could score like them? Well read on and find out some important tips and tricks to improve your scoring rate.

Soccer Training Methods like shooting practice, one-on-one with defenders drills are dated methods BUT still they are essential to help correct and improve your shooting technique. Soccer strikers or forwards today are required to do a lot more than just score goals.

They sometimes have to track back and help to defend, chase down loose balls, and pressure the opponent’s defence from the front. With all these physical straining tasks to do, how are strikers supposed to find the focus and energy to score when the moment comes?

Let me share with you some tips to install into your training methods when you head for practice next time.

1. Fitness is the KEY.

I have mentioned that strikers have to do a whole lot more than score goals today. So how to ensure that you have the gas in tank to last the distance? Building up on your fitness throughout the whole season is really important to power past the last defender or find the extra strength to fend off a defender. I’m not asking you to put fitness on the priority list but to implement it moderately in your training routine.

2. Penalty Kicks.

The easiest and most difficult way to score a goal from 6yards out. Penalties are quick ways to increase your goal scoring tally or boost some confidence if you have been hitting zero lately.

However that said, penalty kicks require a whole lot of mental strength and good technique. Practicing during or after trainings is essential to find your best method to take the kick. Everyone has his own way so start developing your own unique method to score from the spot.

3. Free Kicks.

Ronaldo, Van Persie, Messi are all exponents of the famous art of free kick taking. They all have their own unique way of taking them. Scoring from a freekick gives an exceptional feeling due to the difficult it entails.

Putting the ball into the net past a wall of defenders and the keeper requires constant practice and training. Beckham and Ronaldo have known to stay back after trainings to perfect their freekick techniques. So what is stopping you from doings so if the experts are already doing it and scoring lots of them.

4. Heading.

Strikers should not only be good on the feet but also be good in the air. Every scoring opportunity should not be wasted as it may result in you on the losing end when the final whistle blows.

If you didn’t know, Rooney seldom scored using his head until last season when 1/4 of his 30+goals came from his head. Imagine how many more he would have scored if he had trained on his heading technique earlier.

So what if you are small in size? Tim Cahill is a perfect example of a small player who scores regularly with his head and it is no surprise he is the top player who scores most with the head in the English Premier League.

5. Strength.

In order to score goals, you first have to get past that irritating defender who has been sticking to you throughout the whole match. Having good upper body strength helps you to turn the defender easily or nudging the defender away when chasing for that through ball.

Drogba is a monster to handle, Berbatov uses both his strength and delicate ball control to get away, Aguero turns defender fast due to his explosive strength. So remember to incorporate some form of strength training into your training methods. Upper Body and Lower Body strength training are important focus areas to target.