How to Properly Strike a Soccer Ball

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Introduction: How to Properly Strike a Soccer Ball

This will give you a basic layout of how to strike a soccer ball so that it has power and accuracy.

Step 1: Before Striking the Ball.

Obviously, make sure you have proper shoes on (preferably soccer cleats) and be sure you're kicking the ball at something like a wall or a goal so you dont have to run and get it everytime.

Place your ball where you want to strike it from. Stand behind the ball so that you are facing the target that you are aiming at. Now, take about 3 steps straight backwards. If you are right foot dominated, take one step to the left. If you are left foot dominated, take a step to the right.

Step 2: Before Striking the Ball

Now for the most important part. Once you are lined up behind the ball, take quick strides that are about the same size as the ones you took when walking backwards.

On your last stride, you want you non kicking foot to be "planted" right next to the ball. As soon as your non kicking foot hits the ground, your kicking leg should bend at the knee so that you heel almost touches your behind. Lock your ankle so that your foot is flat and forms a straight line with your shin.

I was searching google images and i found this awesome picture that explains everything I said in a few sentences :D.

Step 3: Striking the Ball.

Before doing this step, i would practice doing the 2nd step 5-6 times just so it comes out smoothly and you dont hurt yourself.

Carrying over from the 2nd step.... once you have your leg back, you will (obviously) want to swing it through and kick the ball. As you are about to kick it, do NOT lean backwards. This is a common mistake that all people make. Leaning back will cause the ball to go high into the air, and probably over your target. With that in mind, try to swing your leg "through" the ball which means let your leg keep going forward even after you kick the ball. Be sure to keep your ankle locked. Aim to hit the center of the ball. After your foot makes contact with the ball, your momentum should bring your foot through the ball so that you land on your kicking foot.


This will take ALOT of practice, so don't expect to get it right in the first 20 tries. Good luck and if I need to clarify please don't hesitate to ask.

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    12 Comments

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    iammike25
    iammike25

    1 year ago

    When I was 16 I played a lot of soccer for our state championship high school team Elco high school of Pennsylvania. Was a multi state indoor champ and out door champ. Played for a premier travel team Nittany Quasars out of Penn State. I was a goalkeeper and I always had this really dumb issue I could never correct I’m 6’3-6’4 and at that time about 215-220lbs now I had no problem stopping shots and was great at penalty shots but my kryptonite was goal kicks and free kicks. I think it was mental now when I punted the ball wether drop kick or just a plain punt I could send the ball with ease 80+ yards and with the right ball we used a nice cushion miter I could send a drop kick into the other 18 off one bounce but my goal kicks went max 10 yards past half if I took a corner I could send it into the stands and it felt good off the foot but when I kicked down the field it never felt the same and never went as far and I trained with Canada’s 94 World Cup teams keeper Craig Forrest, the college keepers, Tony Meloa and Brad Friedel and evening they could not figure a way to help me Tony told me at 16 years old with my punt I should be able to send it into the other goal box on a 100yd field no problem and should easily go as far as his on a 120yd pitch anyway we all just declared it to be a mental block since I could send it 75 yards no problem if I was crossing the goal or a corner kick but for whatever it just looked terrible for a kid my size punting a ball into the other 18 off a drop kick on a 120yd field then see me kick a goal kick and only clear the half way mark by 10 yards it was embarrassing oh yeah and I could throw the ball full power further than my goal kicks so yeah picture that I always blamed my size 15.5 shoe to calm my nerves. So just had to toss that out there now I’m going to have nightmare flash backs of my poor goal kicks infront of the world at the Dallas International Youth Cup.

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    GoalKeepingBoi
    GoalKeepingBoi

    Tip 2 years ago on Introduction

    Always stretch your hamstrings so you can lift your leg more behind you to generate more torque

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    mohame55_turbo
    mohame55_turbo

    4 years ago

    you should kick the ball with your sholace,outerfoot,sideofthefoot sonic-boy-58

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    snookerbuzz
    snookerbuzz

    5 years ago

    Check out this

    http://www.snookerbuzz.com/2015/11/11/best-tips-how-to-be-a-good-snooker-player/

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    hugor1
    hugor1

    6 years ago on Introduction

    this really helped.. but i already knew everything.. soccer is life... I am in Varsity in Donna High School.. 9th grade student... love soccer.

    I strike the ball with the inside of my foot and it help a lot.

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    sonic-boy-98
    sonic-boy-98

    10 years ago on Step 3

    i've always wanted to know wich part of the foot should touch the ball because back in elementary school , i used to kick with my toes but people said it was wrong so wich part of the foot should contact the ball?

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    scameron6
    scameron6

    Reply 9 years ago on Step 3

    Where you strike the ball and what part of your foot you strike with will depend on what type of kick you are trying. For the purpose of this kick you will want to strike the ball in the center using your laces. There are several other types of kicks which require adjustments to this basic kick.

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    tubbydonutguy
    tubbydonutguy

    11 years ago on Step 1

    for football kickers 3 steps back and 1 or 2 steps left is good... but for soccer players you want to step like 5 or 6 steps back and about 2 or 3 steps to the side

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    s666666666666
    s666666666666

    12 years ago on Introduction

    so what part of your foot is suppose to be hitting the ball? is there any other way you can hit it? I think you have to expand on everything a bit. (not that i know how to kick one perfect)

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    FrozenPhyre
    FrozenPhyre

    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    Oh I'm sorry. I forgot to make that clear. You do NOT want to use your toe. It can lead to injury and it isn't very accurate. You want to use the top of your foot. Try to swing straight through the ball. I hope that anwsers your question. If not, just say so