Kicks For Soccer: How to Master All Types of Soccer Kicks
There are not many people in the world that don’t know how to kick a soccer ball, but how many understand the basic Kicks For Soccer?
What I mean is, it’s easy to just kick a ball but do you know what the different types of kicks are and when to use them?
When first starting out playing soccer you will be shown a few styles of play like Defending, Passing, Attacking, Dribbling, Corners, Free-Kicks, Penalties and Shooting
The different kicks, however, should come naturally with practice and learn how and where the kicks are going to end up
You should learn that all kicks are different and you should know how to handle the ball when it comes at you and where you want it to go
The Ground Kick
The first soccer ball kick that I want to talk about is the Ground Kick
You need to know how to control the ball to either trap the ball then kick it, or just kick it straight away
Either way, control is very important
With the trapped ball, you are either going to pass it to a team-mate, shoot for goal, or cross that ball in the air
Now when you are going to kick the ball straight from the ground ball coming towards you
The first thing you need to make sure is that you know where you want to send it, it’s no point just kicking it in any direction or you could be giving that ball to the opposition
You wouldn’t want that, would you?
Control of the ball is more important here and you need to know that both feet/legs play an equal part in ensuring that the soccer ball goes where you want it to
The foot you will be kicking with needs to strike the ball in the sweet spot that will get it to where you want it, and the other foot/leg needs to be able to give good support and balance
Otherwise, you could end up looking like Bambi on Ice!
How to Kick a Soccer Ball High
If you didn’t know already that when striking the ground ball if you want the ball to go high and nice and slow in the air you need to lean back and follow your foot through the sweet spot of the ball
How to Kick a Soccer Ball Low
If you want to drive a low and powerful ball then you need to lean forward when kicking it
Just remember that ball control and where you hit that ball with your foot is key to a successful soccer kick.
See How To Kick A Ground Ball With This Step By Step Tutorial Video
How to Volley a Soccer Ball
There’s no doubt about this but the Volley Kick is a bit more difficult to master than the Ground Kick.
As the soccer ball is in the air when you kick it, you have to make sure that your footing and balance are perfect for you to properly connect with the ball
You also need to consider where your body is in relation to where the ball comes at you
There’s no point in having a perfect balance and sticking your foot out to kick it if it’s to far away, or too close to your body
That is something you need to practice a lot, gauging where the ball will land and positioning your body perfectly in place to knock that ball where you need it to go
I suppose you could Control The Ball On Your Chest if you are to close to the ball but sometimes that just gives the opposition a chance to get to you and steal the ball
Now you don’t want that…DO YOU?
See How To Volley A Soccer Ball With This Step By Step Tutorial Video
A penalty kick in soccer, or football, depending on where you live in the world is where one player has the chance to take a shot at goal from the penalty spot inside the goal area against the opposition’s goalkeeper
How to Score a Penalty in 6 Easy Steps
- Put The Ball on The Penalty Spot Yourself – Always place the ball yourself on he penalty spot, don’t let the referee or any other player do it for you as they might not place it how you want it how.
- Walk Backwards a Bit – You need to make a bit of space between you and the ball so you can get a nice run up and be able to get a bit more power into the shot and better your chances of scoring a goal.
- Don’t Let The Goalkeeper Distract You – The Goalkeeper will try their hardest to try to put you off your shot so try not to pay attention to them and just focus on the ball and the task at hand.
- Decide Where You Are Going to Put The Ball Into The Net – There’s obviously no way of knowing which way the keeper is going to dive so you need to pick a spot in the net and commit to it with confidence. Try not to change your mind at the last minute as this could cause problems with the power of your shot or accuracy.
- Hit The Ball With Confidence & Accuracy – If you want to drive the ball low and hard just lean over the ball as you are taking the shot and follow through with your foot but you might need to be more precise if you want to hit the top corners and outwit the goalkeeper.
- Walk Away & Celebrate The Goal – Once you have beat the keeper and scored the penalty just walk away smiling and celebrating the goal in any way you want to… Just make sure it’s appropriate for the soccer fans.
For a soccer team to get a corner kick the opposition has to put the ball out of play over their own goal line without scoring a goal (Behind The Net line) either from their own outfield players or from their goalkeeper.
The kick is taken from the closest corner of the field that the ball went out at which could be either right or left of the goal posts.
How to Take a Corner Kick in Soccer
For a team to get a corner awarded to them the ball must go across the oppositions goal line either side of the goal posts either by the opposition player hitting it across or if it hits them last before it goes over
Taking a corner kick can sometimes be a little tricky so there’s normally only a handful of players in a team that will take them
If you want to be 1 of those soccer players there are a few quick tips to follow to be able to master them
- You need to place the ball wherever you feel comfortable kicking it from within the corner circle.
- Check to see where your players are and figure out where you want the ball to go.
- Just kicking it into the goalkeeper area will be easy for the defence to see where it’s going so you need to put a bit of a curl on the ball.
- To curl the ball away from the goal posts to the players just outside the box, put a bit of spin on the inside of the ball closest to the crowd.
- To curl it into the goal area towards the players that are closest to the goals, just put a bit of spin on the outside of the ball which will be the field side.
Watch this quick video to see how to take a corner kick like a pro
If you ever want to be a professional soccer player you will have to master all the different types of soccer kicks so just keep practising them to get better
Do you have any tips and tricks when it comes to kicking a soccer ball?
Just let others know in the comment section below so that we can all learn from them