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FUEL Soccer Talk for 11/22: Improve Accuracy, Karate Kid Goals, and Holiday Recipes

Today we’re looking at new ways to improve accuracy, the “karate kid” goal highlight, and some yummy Thanksgiving recipes.

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy today with your families, here are some stories we have put together for you.

1. How to demonstrate better soccer shooting accuracy with a few simple tips (Stack)

The first step in obtaining better shooting accuracy is admitting that your kick needs work and you can always improve your skills.

Most soccer players begin at a very early age and since most early youth leagues don’t have the personnel or resources to teach young players proper kicking mechanics, this can lead to players developing bad tendencies which can hinder their growth in more advanced leagues. This article outlines proper shooting mechanics for developing players.

“For one, the position of your non-kicking leg (also known as your plant leg) can greatly impact your shooting accuracy. If you want to shoot the ball higher, position your plant foot slightly behind the ball. Opposite of that, to keep the ball lower, place your plant foot level with or slightly in front of the ball. It might take some toying around before you learn exactly how different foot positions affect the flight of the ball, but keeping these two simple factors in mind can make quick improvements in your shooting accuracy.”

Allowing your arms and shoulder to get out of position can definitely cause your body to change angles during shooting motion, make sure to pay attention to that when kicking!

“Another important factor is remembering to lock your ankle! This is a pretty basic technique that is used to ensure that passes and shots are made quicker and more efficiently. When running, your ankle is moving around freely. When you kick the ball, locking your ankle will provide a solid kick and will allow you to move the ball faster and more accurately.”

The final tip is to remember to be confident in your kick! When you are hesitant and lack confidence in your ability to shoot, a lot of players have delivered poor shots because of this. The more you practice the above tips and find what does not work for you and what does, the more confident you’ll be with the ball at your feet.

Which tip from above helped you the most? Do you already demonstrate these tips during your practices?

2. Damir Kreilach scoring a Karate Kid goal (FOX Soccer)

A truly unique goal, this karate kid like score by Damir Kreilach helped Real Salt Lake advance to the Western Conference Semifinals of the MLS Cup Playoffs.

What has been your favorite goal of the MLS Cup Playoffs?

3. Scalloped Sweet Potatoes with Candied Pecans (TheSoccerMomBlog)

Looking for a dish this Thanksgiving? Try this recipe for scalloped sweet potatoes with candied pecans, this recipe has no butter or dairy involved at all! This recipe calls for 15 minutes of prep time and 45 minutes for cooking time.

Ingredients
  • 2 cans coconut milk 14oz cans
  • 1 leek
  • 3-4 sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 cup paleo candied pecans chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Peel sweet potatoes and slice to about 1/8″ – 1/4″ thickness (about the same as a slice of pepperoni). Layer sweet potatoes in an oven-safe casserole dish.
  3. Pour 2 cans of coconut milk and chopped leeks into a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Once liquid is boiling, remove from heat and pour over sweet potatoes. You want enough liquid to just cover the top layer of potatoes.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes – 1 hour at 350°F.
  5. When scalloped sweet potatoes are done cooking, remove from oven and sprinkle with candied pecans. Best enjoyed warm.
A simple yet enjoyable dish, which is healthy to boot! We hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving. Stay safe and have a wonderful time with friends and family.

What is your favorite Thanksgiving recipe?