Do you want to kick a soccer ball without embarrassment? Or rather, do you want to kick like the best, like Pelé, Messi or Roberto Carlos? There are several ways to kick a ball and each technique has its own set of rules. Start with the basics and then proceed to more advanced techniques.
Method 1 of 4: Passing the Ball
Step 1. Lock the ankle
Locking your ankle will ensure that your foot does not become unstable and that it will not move when it comes into contact with the ball. It is necessary for him to control the movement of the ball. To make a pass with the inside of the foot, the big toes must point up to lock the ankle. However, to catch him in time for a kick, his toes must point downward.
The only way to get a kick without rotation is to lock the ankle. If it's not steady, the ball will make inconsistent moves
Step 2. Pass the ball using the inside of the boot, never with your toe
Players use the inside of the foot because it provides a larger contact surface, improving kick accuracy.
The downside of this technique is that you can't put as much power into the ball. Still, it's the best way to pass
Step 3. Position the support foot
Rotate the support foot (which you won't use for kicking) so that the inside of the boot faces the ball. Remember, that foot will point in the direction of the ball's destination, so if you want to make a forward pass, your foot must also be facing in the same direction.
Step 4. Perform a low pass
Continue the movement always leaving the kicking foot close to the ground. The leg movement does not need to be long in the case of short, low passes: a shorter displacement will suffice. Also remember that in this case it is also not necessary to lift your foot too much.
Watch the ball spin. A pass with the inside of the foot should cause the ball to rotate only about itself. If lateral turns occur, you will need to improve your ankle lock or the accuracy of your kicking leg's targeting
Step 5. Make an air pass
Lean your body back and bring your kicking foot into the air. This time you will need to pull your foot as far as possible; then, just continue with the movement and kick the ball, finishing with the foot positioned several centimeters above the ground.
Remember to check the ball's rotation. Just like a ground pass, an air pass should make the ball spin on itself. If any lateral turns occur, lock the ankle and be careful with the direction of the leg that will perform the pass
Method 2 of 4: Kicking the Ball
Step 1. Take a few steps back
Have you ever seen professional players take a penalty or a corner? They are only a few steps behind the ball. It's not necessary to stay very far away to kick well. In fact, taking too much distance and running for the ball might even make you kick the wrong way.
Step 2. Lock the ankle
This will keep your foot steady so that it doesn't move when touching the ball. The foot must control the ball and contact must not move it. If you are trying to do a non-rotating kick, you will need to lock your ankle. If the foot is unstable, the ball will also be unstable and make inconsistent movements.
Step 3. Kick the ball using the top of your foot, where the shoelace is
Never use your thumb to kick the ball. Doing so makes the task of controlling her direction impossible, and accuracy is most important when kicking.
Step 4. Position the support foot
This is what you won't be using to kick. It should be positioned close to the ball and facing in the direction of the kick. You should pull your foot and kick with the toe pointed down. The ideal place for contact with the ball is in the center of the area where the shoelace is, in the middle of the boot. You should try to use this location to make contact with the ball when kicking whenever possible.
Don't try to kick the ball too hard. Also remember to look at the ball at all times
Step 5. Continue with the kick
Your thumb should face the floor. The power of the kick can bring both your feet off the ground. To increase the speed and power of the kick, pull your leg back before performing the movement.
If you want to take a long-distance kick, jump at the end of the move (when making contact with the ball). This will give your kick even more power
Step 6. Understand how leaning your body affects the kick
Remember that the farther you lean back when shooting, the higher the ball will go. On the other hand, if your body is vertical, the ball will come out flat or at half height.
If the technique is performed correctly, the ball should not rotate after the kick. If she makes a lateral movement, you may have placed the kick leg the wrong way or you may not have locked the ankle
Step 7. Land using the kicking foot
You must jump towards the ball on contact. Keep your head down. Also, keep your knees above the ball and your hips pointed in the direction of the desired target for the kick.
The technique described in this step aims to increase the power of the kick
Method 3 of 4: Trying Advanced Techniques
Step 1. Bend with the inside of the foot
To curve the ball using the inside of the boot, hit the ball with the inside of your foot, rotating it a little forward at the time of contact. The foot should be at a 45-degree angle for this kick.
Step 2. Bend with the outside (three fingers)
To perform a three-finger kick, hit the ball using the outside of the boot, causing your foot to move a little away from the ball on contact. This time, during the movement, the foot should also be at a 45-degree angle, but this time to the inside.
Step 3. Cover kick
To perform a cover kick, place your foot under the ball at the time of the kick, projecting it slightly forward (or even not projecting it at all) after impact. Ideally, you hit the ball using the tip of your boot.
Method 4 of 4: Practicing Your Ball Control
Step 1. Kick the ball while sitting
Kick the ball lightly with the top of one foot after throwing it with your hands. Remember to lock your ankles. When your foot makes contact with the ball, it should touch the part where the shoelace is or where it would be if you were wearing cleats, if you are not currently wearing one. The ball should rise only a few centimeters, with little or no rotation.
Try doing the movement with your dominant foot first, then switch to the other. The most skillful players can kick the ball with equal aplomb with both feet
Step 2. Practice standing ball control
Now that you've practiced ball control while sitting, it's time to do the same while standing. In the same way as before, try to make the ball go up only a few centimeters, without causing too much rotation.
- Get up and do the same thing. Drop the ball over your feet and kick it up slightly, practicing coordination.
- As before, check that the ball is not rotating after the kick.
- If you want to make a pass or high kick, try placing your foot farther under the ball and leaning back when kicking.
- Fill the ball and leave it in the right spot. A ball that is too full or too dry is more difficult to control.
- Make contact with the ball using the part of your foot where the shoelace is. Kicking with your thumb greatly impairs accuracy and the correct application of force.
- After practicing, try kicking and passing over the air. Soon you'll be able to make crosses and accurate kicks.
- Do not attempt shots too far from goal on first attempts. Start near the hammock and move away from it as you feel comfortable.
- During movements, always push your hips back, not your knee. Basically, your hip should always rotate before touching the ball.
- Never kick with your thumb. You could hurt your foot and still miss the kick.
- Never kick with your thumb. It will make both the pass and the kick more difficult (in addition to causing the aforementioned foot injury).
- Wear cleats for better traction. This will prevent you from slipping after kicking the ball.