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How to Kick a Soccer Ball

A few things to keep in mind when kicking a soccer ball is to have good form and know where you’re kicking the ball. Use the top of your foot where your shoe laces are. Using this technique will ensure that you won’t hurt your toes. Most people who do not play soccer tend to use their toes to kick the ball, which is not a good way to maneuver the ball across the field.

Some people toe-pick the ball thinking that it’s a great way to kick the ball forward towards their goal. One can easily hurt get injured if they’re not careful. The only time I would suggest using your toes to kick the ball would be when a player has to make a quick move to keep the ball away from an opponent. However, kicking the soccer ball with the top of your foot (where your shoes laces are) isn’t always the most efficient way to kick the ball. If you have a shot at making a goal, lock your ankle in place and use all your might to drive the soccer ball into the goal.

chipping the ball

Chipping the ball

“Chipping the ball” is a soccer term amongst players who are familiar with the game. We previously discussed how to chip the soccer ball and do a long pass. This move is basically used when an attempt to get the soccer ball over an opponent’s head. When a player chips the ball they kick the ball towards the bottom using their toes to swoop it up over other players’ heads.

chipping the ball - kicking a soccer ball

Curving the ball

Use the ball of your foot to curve the soccer ball inward. Do not mistake this for the heel of your foot. It’s more challenging for the goalkeeper to block a shot when this technique is practiced. Thus, it is much more beneficial to execute this move especially when it’s down to the wire and the game is a close call.

curving the ball - how to kick a soccer ball


Using the outside of your foot

Another way to kick the soccer ball is by using the outside of your foot. If you’ve ever been bowling, then you know what it is to curve the ball left or right. However, a player can easily use the outer part of their foot to kick the ball directly into the call or towards another player. Kicking the ball with the outside of your foot doesn’t necessarily mean that the ball will curve. It all depends on how the player kicks the ball.

using the outside of the foot

Heel kick

Use your heel to kick the soccer ball when you find yourself in an awkward situation. If someone is coming at you and trying to take the ball away from you, you have a couple of options. Pass it, kick the ball down the field, or challenge your opponent. In order to get the ball passed them, kick the ball with your heel and then run around your opponent to then retrieve the ball that you’d just kept from your opponent. This move doesn’t particularly have a name, but it is typically used throughout soccer games around the world.

heel kick

If you’d like to have an advantage over other soccer players you can do things other soccer players may not be doing. If you know how to dribble better with one foot more than the other, make sure that you continuously work on the foot that isn’t your dominant foot. Work on your awareness so you know when to pass and when to shoot for a goal. Another thing you can do is record yourself during practice or games and look at the footage so you know what you need to work on. Enjoy every experience on the field and with every kick that you make, do so with purpose knowing that you either want to pass it or score a goal because every move counts!

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About Bill Hancock

I am a father of 2 young soccer players. My daughter is 8 and my son is 16. They are the reason I became interested in soccer. The more I learned about soccer the more I realized that it is indeed the beautiful game!

I am focused on helping players (and parents) develop the skills necessary to find success and enjoyment in this wonderful sport.

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