Kicking the ball with power and precision is an important skill that every football player must have. The best way to develop correct technique is to practice. In order to have a good kick, you have to judge the situation on the field, step with your supporting foot correctly, and move your kicking leg with force. Train to have a great shot and watch your goal increase the score!
Method 1 of 3: Kicking the Ball
Step 1. Raise your head before kicking the ball
Before the kick, take a look at the field in front of you. Concentrate as much as possible on where you want the ball to go. Pay attention to the placement of other players, including defenders, goalkeeper and your teammates. Use this information to adjust the kick or pass if a teammate is better positioned for the kick.
Some professional players manage to kick without lifting their head. Because of the playing experience, they develop a sense of position on the field. This sort of thing happens closer to the goal, as lifting your head slows the kick a bit
Step 2. Keep an eye on the ball
Look in her direction and keep your eyes there until you kick her. That way, the kick will come out stronger and more accurate.
Step 3. Run to the ball with equal strides
The steps should match the ones you take when running. Avoid stretching your leg too much or taking too many short steps, as this will compromise your balance.
When kicking a set ball, back off far enough to run to the ball in three or four steps
Step 4. Step with your support foot close to the ball
Where you place your foot defines the path of the ball. Place it beside her and keep the other foot about shoulder-width apart. A good average distance should make you more relaxed. Keep your toes pointed towards the goal.
Placing your foot farther away from the ball helps to give the ball more height, such as when kicking over the defenders
Step 5. Bring your leg back as far as you can
The farther back, the greater the power of the kick. Bend your leg at the knee and point your toes down. The perfect kicking position will be when your leg looks like a “V”.
Stretch your legs to increase flexibility
Step 6. Keep your ankle in position
In football, this movement is known as “locking the ankle”. The foot should still point down, be straight and steady. Do not shake your ankle when kicking the ball, as any movement can weaken the kick.
Step 7. Stand straight when kicking
The neutral position will give you maximum control over the ball's flight. You can lean if you feel comfortable doing so, but don't lean too far. Prefer to keep your body in line with the goal.
When the ball goes too far over the crossbar, the body's inclination is likely to be too far back. In case the ball is going too low, the slope is too far forward
Step 8. Aim at the middle of the ball
Choose the location where your foot will make contact with the ball. Most of the time, the middle is the part of the ball closest to you. Kicking it there will give you control over the kick and will also generate a lot of power.
- Kick the ball just below the center to make the ball rise higher.
- To effect the ball, kick left or right of center. Kicking from the left side makes the ball go to the right; kicking to the right makes her go to the left.
Step 9. Hit the ball with your boot laces for a powerful kick
Take your foot back and hit the ball with the top of your foot (instep) to deliver powerful and precise kicks at the same time. It's the kind of beat you use at most moments in a game.
To kick in, hit the ball with the side of your big toe
Step 10. Hit the ball with the inside of your foot for the placed kicks
When heading toward the ball, turn your foot to the side and kick the ball with the inside of your toe. The hit won't come out as strong, but it will increase accuracy, which is beneficial for shots close to the goal or when the defense doesn't give much space.
Step 11. Continue the kicking leg movement
After hitting the ball, don't stop the movement. Bring the kicking leg forward at half height. Move your foot down and land. A poorly done sequential leg movement can cause the kick to come out too weak or too strong and away from the goal.
To kick it higher, lift your leg higher during the movement sequence
Method 2 of 3: Kicking While Running
Step 1. Drive the ball in front of you
The ball cannot be close to the body if it wants to take a good kick. Slap the ball forward with your kicking foot one or two times. Lead it directly in front of you to prepare a normal, straight kick. Move it a little to the side when you want to kick placed or change the angle.
- Take medium steps towards the ball. The best kick happens when you don't slow down or change your stride as you approach the ball.
- Train this way: Approach the ball with slow, even strides. Increase your speed when the movement is easier for you.
Step 2. Take a small jump in the running transition
Keep the jump short so you don't waste the momentum. A short jump with both feet slows you down a little while keeping the momentum going. Stay close to the ground, leaving space so you can get to the ball in a few steps.
Step 3. Step in front of the ball with your foot
The procedure is the same as for the normal kick, with the difference that here the ball is rolling. Why ahead? Well, the ball will go straight through if you step on your foot next to the ball. When you've learned it well, the ball will be level with your foot when you kick it.
Don't forget to keep your toes pointed towards the goal
Step 4. Kick the ball as you normally would
When it comes to kicking her, use the same approach you learned earlier. Bring your foot back, lock your ankle and do the kicking motion. It won't be long before your kicks in the race are better than the stopped ones!
Method 3 of 3: Choosing where to kick
Step 1. Kick from the distances that are easiest for you
Look out into the field and see where you are. Remember how well you kick in practice. Kicking from a distance won't be an asset if you don't know how to kick hard. In that case, you will have more chances to score goals going ahead, close to the goal.
Practice kicks from all kinds of distances and angles. This way, you will be prepared for any situation that arises in the match
Step 2. Pay attention to the placement of the goalkeeper
Perhaps it is more to the side of the beam, leaving the other side exposed. He may also try to trick you by going to one side and leaning or running before the kick. Surprise them and kick in the other corner!
Step 3. Cross kick to the goalkeeper
Your best chance of scoring a goal is to shoot on the opposite side of the goal. When you're on the right side, kick the left side. The goalkeeper has the habit of approaching the one who shoots and he will have to stretch even more to reach the ball.
This is not always the best option. When you're too close to one side of the goal, whether it's when someone is blocked on the other side or a defender is approaching, you probably won't be able to aim on that side
Step 4. Aim at the angles or side nets of the goal
As the goalkeeper is usually in the middle of the goal, the sides are open. Force him to dive to defend. Use the side nets, as it's quite a target when kicking diagonally.
While players like to aim at high angles, many of the goals are scored from low angles
Step 5. Tap above or below the goalkeeper
Kicking the ball into the sides of the goal means that the goalkeeper will have to stretch to defend. He can move easily from side to side, but has more difficulty reaching the high and low parts of the goal. Even great goalkeepers cannot reach the corners of the goal.
- Where you aim will depend on the situation, but it's a good idea to avoid the mid-height kicks as much as you can. The reason: the goalkeeper will defend without using force.
- Low kicks are also great when multiple defenders are in front of you, as goals can come from deflections or rebounds.
Step 6. Kick a high ball when the defenders are in front of you
Can't get past them in possession and get a better angle? Don't worry, you can still guess. Hit just below the center of the ball to heighten the ball and make it pass over the defenders or over the goalkeeper if he is ahead.
- Practice kicks of all kinds to improve your technique.
- A great way to adjust your technique is to have a camera filming your workouts. Watch the recording and see what you need or want to do differently.