Successfully converting a penalty substantially boosts a team’s chances of winning the game, so it is impossible to underestimate the importance of scoring from the spot.
Here are some top tips to improve your penalty-taking:
Use the power
The instep or ‘laces’ kick is the most powerful kick and also the most common type of kick used for taking penalties. It takes a lot of practice to perfect this technique. Remember never to sacrifice accuracy for power.
Transfer your practice into a match situation by staying focused on your kick and on the outcome that you want to reach. It can be particularly hard to remain focused if the goalkeeper is moving sideways or waving their arms about to try to distract you.
Who are the best penalty takers in Europe?
Interestingly, there are four players in the top European leagues with a 100 …