HOW TO CORRECTLY KICK A SOCCERBALL

Kicking a soccer ball sounds fairly easy, but there is a specific way you should kick the ball to ensure a more accurate kick. Once you have the basic technique down, you will be able to expand your kicking skills to include more elaborate techniques.

Place the soccer ball on the ground about four feet in front of you. Locate the inside area of your kicking foot, stretching from your big toe to your heel. This will be the area on your foot you will use to kick directional kicks, which you can use to push the ball to a teammate.

Start stepping toward the soccer ball. If you use your right foot to kick it will be used to make the last step before the ball. If you use your left foot to kick, it will be used to make the last step before the ball. In a consistent motion step about two feet from the ball and then step with your opposite foot slightly in front and to the side of the ball.

As you step with the opposite foot past the soccer ball, drag your kicking foot behind. Allow your weight to transfer and swing your leg through the ball as your foot makes contact. Using the inside of your kicking foot will help you aim the ball as you basically push it across the field.

Place the soccer ball on the ground in front of you again, this time six feet away to practice kicking longer kicks. Approach the ball with longer more powerful steps. Contact the bottom of the ball with your toes and the back of the ball with your shoe laces. Swing through with your kicking leg with as much power as you can. Note how far the ball travels. Practice hitting the ball to lengths in increments of twenty feet. You will soon be able to determine how much power you need to exert for each kick.

Place the soccer ball on the ground in front of you again, this time placing the ball in front of a goal with a net. Decide what part of the net you want to kick the ball into. To loft the ball into one of the top corners, you will need to get under the ball with your toes. To kick to the right corner, place your foot under the left side of the ball. To kick to the left corner, place your foot under the right side of the ball. If you want to kick the ball to one of the bottom corners, kick the upper half of the ball to keep it low. Hit the left side of the ball to force it to the right. Hit the right side of the ball to force it to the left.

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