Do you know how to kick a soccer ball correctly? Over the past five years, I have not had one new player come to me that knew the proper way to kick a soccer ball. Many of them would strike the ball with their toe, or push the ball instead of striking it and not understand why they had no control. These are habits that they pick up when they begin kicking a ball around in the yard, just walking up to a ball and kicking at it. We as coaches and parents need to understand that these habits have to be corrected to know how to kick a soccer ball. Lets visit some of the basic soccer kicks and how they are preformed.
To know how to kick a soccer ball, we should try to understand that there are six different kinds of kicks that we use for different results. All of these kicks will start with the same principle, plant your non kicking foot next to the ball (not in front and not behind). Keep your head down and follow through.
The first kick is called the straight kick, facing the ball,plant your foot next to it, pull back you leg into a V shape, lock your foot and ankle, swing towards the ball and strike it with the laces of your shoe, keeping your leg in a V shape and follow through, leaving your plant foot while continuing your forward motion.