When a team is in possession of the ball, the name of the game is to create as many chances to score as possible, and score as many of those chances as possible. Attractive build up play is all very well, but it’s only goals that count.
The single most important thing a team can do in a competitive game, is to maximise it’s scoring potential, getting as many shots on target as it can do. If that sounds obvious, then its surprising how many teams discard that advice.
Make shooting your first thought, and only if a shot option is not available, like there’s too many players in the way, or your too far away from goal, then, and only then should you consider any other options, i.e. passing or dribbling.
Goalkeepers prefer rising shots, as its much easier for them to spring up and save a shot, than it is for them to get down to a low shot. Low shots have more of a chance of being deflected which means that if a shot isn’t going into the goal, when it gets deflected, it could start heading towards goal again.
Shooting early has many advantages. Firstly dwelling on the ball, and taking your time means that your inviting an opposition player to either tackle you, or block your shot. Snap shots means less time for defenders and goalkeepers to get into a position to stop your shot from going into the goal.
Be alert, even after you’ve taken a shot at goal, your job isn’t over. You never know whats going to happen. A deflection or a re bound could mean that the ball comes back to you, or drops a little bit away from you, which means you need to be ready to follow up and take another shot, so be ready to go again!