Soccer is a game with a lot of unpredictable action, as generally players run several miles in one game. Because of the large field, “you either have to get a longer lens or wait for the action to come to you,” says Tucker.
One thing's for sure: There will be action around those goals, so position yourself behind a goal and wait. While it's almost always necessary to have a ball in the frame to capture a good soccer shot, player confrontation, unique composition, or an emotional moment can also produce a dynamic shot.
When shooting this photo, I had two cameras on me—one with a long, 70-300mm lens and one with an 18-55mm kit lens. When the action was far, I shot with the long lens, but when it got closer, I switched to my wider lens. This photo shows that though it's easier to take soccer shots with a long lens, it is possible to create a compelling image using a shorter, wide-angle lens.