How To Kick a Soccer Ball Properly
By: Andre Botelho
One of the most important soccer lessons and the first thing to know on kicking a soccer ball is what not to do. Do not kick a soccer ball with your toes, unless you are poking the ball to steel it from an opponent. There is not enough surface area on the toes to be able to aim the ball properly.
When kicking the ball the most powerful place to strike the ball with is the instep of your foot (the place where the shoelaces are). You will use this kicking technique most often.
Your supporting foot should be in line with the ball and the leg should be slightly bent. Once you strike the ball, follow through with a sweeping motion.
The inside of the foot is also used to kick the ball. The supporting foot should be pointed at the target and in line with the ball. Swing your kicking foot through the ball using a sweeping motion. The ball should move smoothly along the ground.
A more advanced kick is achieved by using the outside of the foot
The supporting foot should be angled at about 15º from the target.
You need to be sure your foot is firmly locked before striking the ball.
This is one of the most important soccer lessons and guidelines that you should follow when kicking a soccer ball.