How to Kick a Ball
How do you kick the ball in a football game? Whether it is easy or hard depends on many factors. The first factor has something to do with your hand positioning. Are you left-handed or right-handed? Either way can be easy but your positioning in the pitch will be limited to the side you take unless you are good in both feet positioning. Second, you need to hit the ball from the correct direction using your feet. For instance, the widely accepted way of kicking the ball using any of your feet is to use the inner region of your foot facing the ankle of the other foot. Any other direction will be extremely difficult or lead to strain or injuries resulting from hitting the ground or harming your toe nails. You may get injured even when you are hitting the ball correctly regardless. But it is not entirely wrong to use any other part of your foot or body as long as you have the required level of skill.
Requirements needed to learn how to kick the ball in football
A level field, at least ten meters in width and length
Inflated ball of football
Sports shoes (or even bare feet)
Steps followed in kicking the ball effectively
Step 1: Take a good touch
It is really hard to launch an effective kick when the ball is too close to your feet. Even skilled players will easily send the ball flying in the wrong direction if they are made to launch a kick with the ball in the middle of their feet. A great touch ensures that the ball is placed some few feet away from your legs. But always remember to launch a kick in one step. Taking a number of steps can disorient your focus and even place the ball too close from where you could hit it better.
The ball can be touched in a variety of ways. You can touch it with inside your soles or on the side where the laces of your shoes are located. Either way, your intent concerning the direction of the ball is a determining factor. A standard kick is launched when you hit the ball while approaching the ball at an angle. On contrary, hitting the ball straight makes a straight kick.
Step 2: Looking up
This is optional depending on your level of skill. Looking up makes you judge your position in the field in relation to the target. Whether you should look up or not depends on a range of factors such as your position in relation to the goal, the pressure concerning the defenders and even the level of experience you have. Take extra care not to lose focus of the ball in the process.
But you don’t always need to look up before kicking the ball. At times it just depends on whether you are kicking the ball while in motion or standing. Looking up while in motion and managing the ball at the same time can be challenging.
Step 3: Look at the ball
You need to avoid looking at the goal or the defenders while kicking. Keep your eye on the ball. Focusing your attention on the ball increases the accuracy and the power of the kick. The part of the ball you are looking affects your decision. Aiming the base of the ball creates loft while aiming the side of the ball directs it sideways.
Step 4: Place your foot
The other foot that is not kicking the ball has a profound effect on the kick you make. This foot is called the place foot. The main trick here is to always ensure that you place the non-kicking foot slightly behind the kicking foot. Placing the kicking foot first puts you in an awkward position.
Step 5: Swing the arms
For you to remain balanced and improve the power of your shot, you will need to swing your arms slightly. To do this, position the arm that corresponds to the kicking foot in such a way that the arm moves slightly upwards while the other arm is moving backward. But always ensure that your arm’s movements are natural and athletic.
Step 6: Move back the kicking leg
To make an impressive kick, position the shooting leg in such a way that it creates a V. Do this by reclining the kicking leg back. The further you recline it, the more momentum you will create and more momentum means more power.
Step 7: Make sure your ankles are locked
When you lock your ankles, your feet become straight and firm. The reason why you need to lock your ankles is that flexibility decrease the power and accuracy of the kick.
Step 8: Maintain a straight body posture
It is necessary at times to lean either forward or backward depending on your preferences and keep yourself comfortable. But don’t put a lot of emphasis on it. A perfect kick can be made with your body positioned in an upright posture.
Step 9: Place your body at an angle relative to the target.
It is hard to challenge an opponent or shoot at a target when you are facing the target in a straight line. Since most kicks are done using the area between the sole and ankle, you need to position your body facing slightly on right when you are right handed and left when you are left handed.
Step 10: Now kick the ball using the correct part of the body
Finally, launch the kick by deciding which part of the foot should come into contact with the ball. For instance, kicking the ball with inside soles makes the ball roll on the ground while kicking it using the top toes region creates loft. The part of the body you decide to use to make a kick is determined by the direction you want your ball to take and the even the power of the shot.
Step 11: Try following the ball.
Don’t just kick and forget everything. Follow up your kick to add some extra power. If it is a kick that requires some additional kicks along the way, do so by following the ball and adjusting yourself accordingly. The only exception to this rule is when the kick produces a long distance shot.
If you want to learn more about how to kick the football ball correctly read this article.