How to Kick a Soccer Ball

Soccer is one of the world’s most popular sports for one very important key reason; its cheap to play soccer. In poor countries, people do anything that’s fun and cheap, and that is what made soccer famous. One may ask, what makes soccer so cheap to play? The answer is that all you really need is a ball. Most people who are trying to play soccer for fun just want to learn how to pass and kick a soccer ball.

If you’re just trying to have a little outdoor or indoor fun and not play seriously, all you’re going to need is a soccer ball. Any size or brand works, but I strongly recommend that you buy a size 5 ball, which is the official size. Any brand does the job, but always remember, for the most part, you get what you payed for. I have played with many different brands of soccer balls and I found that almost all of them work well. The only brands that didn’t work well were the brands that were ridiculously cheap, costing around $2 per ball. If you really want to make sure that you get the most out of your ball, you can’t go wrong with any Nike, Adidas, or Umbro ball. You can buy good balls for a reasonable price here.

 

In the video above, I show you how to kick a soccer ball. I do apologize for the quality of the video. I chose the simplest technique that I can come up with to show you how to kick a soccer from a distance. I focus more on the technique rather than the speed that the ball was traveling at.

First off, place the ball in the location from which you want to kick it. If you’re just learning and not playing a game, place the ball wherever you want. If you are playing a game, place the ball where the foul took place.

Secondly, step back from the ball. It doesn’t matter how many steps you take but make sure the you have enough space to build up speed and momentum to get a good kick out of the ball. In the video above, I take four steps back because that is my comfortable space.

Thirdly, you have to adjust your position run up to the ball. This is one of the most important steps of kicking a ball. To adjust you position is to make sure that you’re kicking the ball from a comfortable and accurate position. Like the second step, it doesn’t matter how many steps you take to adjust your position as long as you’re moving horizontally (relative to the ball). In the video above, I take two huge steps horizontally to adjust to the position of the ball. After adjusting to the position of the ball, it is very important to run up to the ball at medium pace, on your toes, and leaning forward to get the strongest shot.

Image from: http://missouribootandshoe.tripod.com/id8.html  Be sure that the instep comes in contact with the ball.

Image from: http://missouribootandshoe.tripod.com/id8.html
Be sure that the instep comes in contact with the ball.

Finally, after a strong run up to the ball, you kick the ball. Kicking the ball is the most important step. Aim for the middle of the lower half of the ball. Be sure that your instep (shown in the image on the right) comes in contact with the ball. You also want to make sure that your whole leg is swings when kicking the ball and that you’re not just swinging the lower part of your leg.

To finish off, this was a simple way to kick a soccer ball. If you’re a beginner, don’t expect it to work from the first try. You’ll need to practice it for a while to get the technique right. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to leave a comment below. Now go outside and have some fun.

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