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75 Goal Kicks: A Set to Get in Shape for Your 100 Events

150 is the magic number for most soccer players. That’s about how many kicks they have to make during a game. To be competitive at a high-level, soccer players have to be capable of completing at least 150 kicks in a game. But that number can be an intimidating one for a new soccer player just starting out.

Most soccer players don’t have a set that includes 75 kicks, and to them, completing more than that feels overwhelming.

If you’ve never done a set like this before, don’t expect to hit 75 goals in 80 kicks. Don’t aim for a specific number of goals. Use the set as a way to increase your stamina for the game and to get your game-speed up. It’s impossible to accurately estimate how many goals you’ll hit because it will depend on the conditions. But you should be able to average about three goals a minute.

If you want to head into training feeling confident, set up a drill like this where you’ll be facing an oncoming pass. This will simulate the passing and movement you’ll be experiencing during a game. This will help you get into the flow of your game.

The Set:

The net defensive position in volleyball involves trying to get the ball away from the oppositions’ hitters during the course of the game. The most common defensive position is called “setter back” which calls for the defender to stand about two meters back from the line of the net. It is called the setter back position because it’s the high jump position typically used by the volleyball team with the best blocker in recent history, the Cuban women’s volleyball team, back in the early 90’s.

The setter back position can be somewhat challenging to maintain because you’re trying to determine your reach and keep the ball in front of you at the same time and without moving too far back or too close to the net.

That is why the simplest way to successfully complete your defensive position is to make yourself as big as possible.

To do this, you’re going to need to learn how to kick. The kick is the simplest way to create an impact zone from behind the line of the net without requiring the flexibility required to attack from the front of your opponent’s block.

Here are the basics of a good, solid setter back position:

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Kick While on the Ground: Jab, Hook, and Cross

This mini-drill helps you knockout the heavy bag with leg kicks.

To do this drill, go down and put two forearms on the floor. You should be able to see your feet. From this position, kick the heavy bag with the lead leg (we recommend kicking it in the center).