Do you want to be able to kick the ball properly without embarrass yourself? Or better yet, do you want to be able to kick the ball just like the best football players, like Messi, Pele or Roberto Carlos? There are many ways to kick the ball, and each technique has its own rules. Start with basic techniques, then move on to advanced techniques.
Method 1 of 4: Passing the Ball
Step 1. Lock the ankles
Locking the ankle ensures that the foot is steady and does not change position at all when in contact with the ball. The feet must control the movement of the ball. For a pass using the inside of the foot, the toe should point up to lock the ankle. In contrast, for kicks, the toes should point downwards to lock the ankles.
The only way to keep the ball steady is to lock the ankles. If the foot position is shaky, the movement of the ball will also be unstable
Step 2. Pass the ball using the inside of the shoe
Never pass the ball using the tips of your toes. Football players pass the ball using the inside of the foot because it utilizes a wider surface area and produces the most accurate kicks.
The downside of this kick is that you can't kick hard. However, this is definitely the most accurate way of passing the ball
Step 3. Position the pedestal
Rotate the foot of the foot (the foot that is not being used for kicking) so that the inside of the shoe is facing the ball. Remember, the pedestal will point where the ball was kicked. If you want to kick the ball straight ahead, keep your foot facing straight ahead.
Step 4. Perform a pass kick on the ground
Follow the swing of the leg close to the ground. For short-range passes and passes on the ground, you only need to follow your foot swing a few tens of centimeters. Do not swing your feet too high from the ground.
Observe the rotation of the ball. A pass using the inside of the foot should make the ball spin fairly stable. If the ball rolls inward, you must lock your ankle, or you may have kicked with the wrong foot
Step 5. Perform a pass kick in the air
Lean back and follow the swing of your legs in the air. This time, extend the leg fully, and follow the swing of the leg so that the foot is a few inches above the ground.
Again, observe the rotation of the ball. Just like a pass on the ground, a pass in the air should rotate steadily. If the ball is spinning inward, be sure to lock your ankles and pay attention to the foot making the pass
Method 2 of 4: Kicking the Ball
Step 1. Take a few steps back
Have you ever seen soccer players about to take a corner kick or a penalty kick? They stand only a few steps behind the ball. You don't need to pitch up to five meters to kick the ball well. In reality, taking it that far is likely to result in you failing to hit the ball well.
Step 2. Lock the ankles
This is to keep your feet stable so they don't wobble when they touch the ball. The foot should control the movement of the ball, and not the ball moving the foot. If you're trying to keep the ball from spinning, the only way to do this is to lock your ankles. If the foot position is shaky, the movement of the ball will also be unstable.
Step 3. Kick the ball using the top of the foot, in the shoelace area
Never use the toes to kick the ball. Kicking the ball with your toes will prevent you from getting the ball to where you want it to be. And accuracy is the most important thing you need when kicking the ball.
Step 4. Adjust the placement of the pedestal
The pedestal is the foot that you don't kick, that is, the foot that you position next to the ball. Your foot should be facing the direction you want the ball to go. You should also bend your legs and kick the ball with your toes pointing downwards. You can try using the instep on the top of the shoelaces that are suitable for kicking the ball.
Don't try to hit the ball too hard, and remember to keep your eye on the ball at all times
Step 5. Follow the kick swing
Make sure your toes are pointing towards the ground. The force of the kick will probably make your feet fly off the ground as you kick. Pull your legs back to generate power. You will gain the speed and power of the kick.
If you want to kick the ball far away, jump at the end of the kick when you kick the ball. This will make your kick more powerful
Step 6. Understand how body lean affects kicks
Remember that the farther you lean back when you kick, the higher the ball will go. If your body is straight (vertical) when you kick, your kick will be flat on the ground or slightly up.
If done correctly, the ball should not spin after being kicked, like a knuckleball kick. If the ball is turning inward, you may have kicked with the wrong foot or not locking the ankle
Step 7. Land on your kicking foot
You should jump over and over the ball when you kick it. Keep your head down. Your knees should be on the ball while keeping your hips pointed toward where you want the ball to go.
This method is used to get more power when kicking the ball
Method 3 of 4: Trying Advanced Techniques
Step 1. Try a hook kick
To bend the ball, kick with the inside of the foot, but rotate the foot slightly forward when kicking the ball. Your feet should make a 45-degree angle when swinging.
Step 2. Try the slice kick
To perform this kick, kick with the outside of your foot, swinging your foot away from the ball as you kick it. This time, your foot should make a 45-degree angle facing the other direction (as opposed to a curved kick) when swinging.
Step 3. Try a chip kick
To bounce the ball, kick the bottom of the ball and don't follow it with a leg swing (if applicable). You'll be kicking the ball just above the toe, without using your toes.
Method 4 of 4: Practicing Movement
Step 1. Kick the ball while sitting
Kick the ball that is released by the hand lightly using the top of one foot. Ankle lock. When the foot touches the ball, it should make contact with the shoelace portion of the foot. The ball should only rise a few tens of centimeters, with little or no spin.
Try practicing with your dominant foot first, then alternate with your non-dominant foot. Skilled soccer players can do this just as well with the non-dominant foot as with the dominant foot
Step 2. Practice kicking standing up
After practicing kicking while sitting, it's time to practice standing up. As before, try to kick the ball only a few inches up, with only a few twists.
- Stand up and do the same as before. Drop the ball onto your feet and kick it lightly upwards. Practice your coordination of movements.
- As with the previous exercise, try not to spin the ball when you kick it up.
- If you want to lift the ball up into the air, try placing most of your feet under the ball and leaning back slightly when you kick.
- Don't try long range shots on the first try. Stay close to the goal and increase the practice distance by a few meters when you are ready.
- Make sure the ball is inflated to the recommended pressure. A ball that is too flat or too tight is difficult to kick.
- In addition to regular practice, try lifting the ball off the ground. Soon you will be able to cross and shoot well.
- Make sure the surface of your kicking foot is where the laces are if you're wearing shoes. Kicking with your toes will not provide accuracy or the correct use of force when kicking the ball.
- Never kick with your toes. Your leg will break, the ball will go flat, and your kick will fail.
- When swinging your legs, make sure your hips are swinging, not your knees. In essence, your hips should be pivoting.
- Wearing soccer shoes will provide good traction. This will prevent you from slipping after kicking the ball.
- Don't kick with your toes. This will result in an uncontrollable kick or pass and may injure your leg.