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"Why Does Every Soccer Player Do This?"

Bob Bridges

When I saw the title of this article, I thought it was going to be about something else.  Still mildly interesting, though.

What I really want to know is why soccer players at the professional level still get excited and lean back as they take a shot on goal.  It's what you want to do when you want a powerful kick to get the ball 'way upfield.  But when you're taking a shot on goal you don't want the ball to end up in the stands.  I get that novice players do this.  But by the time you're in the pros, shouldn't your coaches have drilled that out of you?

Evidently not, but I don't understand why.  "Keep your bloody head down!", I shout at the TV.  Surprisingly, it doesn't help.

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