How to Kick a Soccer Ball

Video Lectures

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Lecture 1
How to Shoot a Soccer Ball with Power
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How to Shoot a Soccer Ball with Power


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches how to strike with your laces to maximize power when kicking a soccer ball.



Transcript: MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are going to take a look at the mechanics of shooting a soccer ball. The first thing that we are going to look at, we are going to look how we shoot a soccer ball maximizing power. When we do this we strike using our laces. Let me just demonstrate with a stationary ball here. Our non kicking foot is placed to save the ball, and we have our arm out here, our knee over the ball, and as we follow through our toes pointed down, we strike through the middle of the ball, and we line on the kicking foot. It is important and we will just show that again, it is important that we follow through, because that is where our power comes from. So again non kicking foot will save the ball, arm out here, that gives us balance, and we strike through the ball and we land on that foot to max out power. Let's show that with our demonstrators. A nice powerful shoot. We see that one more time. So two powerful shots from our demonstrator there. Her head is over the ball, we have our non kicking foot beside the ball, and we strike through using our laces through the middle of the ball to maximize power, and we land on a non kicking foot. And that is how we have a powerful shot in soccer."

Lecture 2
Taking Chip Shots in Soccer
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Taking Chip Shots in Soccer


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches how to use a chip shot to kick a soccer ball over the goalie and into the goal.



Transcript: MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are taking a look at some shooting techniques, and we are going to look how we take a chip shot. In order to take a chip shot, you want to try and kick the ball over the top of the goal keeper to dip into the goal, so we have to be aware of the goalkeeper's positioning. When the goalkeeper is not in the goal on his or her goal line, that is a opportunity for use to take a chip shot. The technique behind taking a chip shot, it involves getting underneath the ball to create loft so that the ball will then come back down and into the back of the net. Let's show that with the demonstrators. Our non kicking foot is placed beside the ball, our kicking foot, with the toe down, gets underneath the ball to create the chip that we require, over the goalkeeper and into the goal. That is how we take a chip shot."

Lecture 3
How to Head a Soccer Ball
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How to Head a Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches how to shoot powerful headers by hitting the soccer ball with the top of your forehead near the hairline.



Transcript:
MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are talking about shooting. The more specific way we are now going to take a look on how we shoot using our head. So we are actually heading our ball to try to create a scoring opportunity. It's important that we get power when we head the ball. Otherwise is going to be a easy ball for the goal keeper to collect. To get power, when we head the ball, we have to use the right part of the head to strike the ball. We want the ball to go down, we do not want the ball to go up. So if we look at the ball here, as I head that ball, I want to use my forehead right around where my hairline is. That is the hardest part of my head. I want to try to tuck my chin in and use my shoulders or my neck muscles to strike the ball down towards the goal. Let's show it with our demonstrators and see if we can score some goals. And I showed my demonstrators, we can score with not just with our feet we can also score with our head, using the power of our forehead, neck muscles to strike through the ball."

Lecture 4
Taking Precision Shots in Soccer
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Taking Precision Shots in Soccer


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches that when precision matters more than power, kick the soccer ball with the inside of your foot.



Transcript:
MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are taking a look at how we can shoot the soccer ball. We are going to have a look on how we shoot a soccer ball using the inside of our foot. We will do this when we have to try and place the ball, so we compromise on power but we look for placement. Okay so just to show that technique, we have our non kicking foot besides the ball, our kicking foot comes in with a lock ankle, our toe is lifted, our ankle is locked, and we strike the ball just below the ankle bone and we follow through. As we follow through, we actually drop our shoulders back. That gives us just the power that we need to place the ball past the goal keeper. Let's take look with our demonstrators. So just to recap we use the inside of the foot for placement, we want to push the ball past the goalkeeper. Our coaching points for our player are that we lift our toe, we lock our ankle, we follow through and we drop our shoulder back to give us the power that we need to score a goal."

Lecture 5
Creating Spin or Swerve in Soccer Shots
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Creating Spin or Swerve in Soccer Shots


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches how to fool the goalie by putting spin or swerve on the soccer ball.



Transcript: MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are going to take a look at shooting the soccer ball, and more specifically how we create swerve on the ball. By looking at the soccer ball here, we want to make contact. If we think of the soccer ball as having a equator, we want to try strike the ball across the other side of the ball to allow the ball to spin. So it starts in old say traditionally and comes in, and it is a very deceitful shoot to fool the defenders. If we show that on the ground, our toes are pointed down, we place our non kicking foot beside the ball, and as we come through, we actually make contact on the outside of the ball with our toe pointed down, locked ankles to spin the ball away. Let's show that with our demonstrators. So just to recap, creating swerve on the soccer ball is used to try and send the goalkeeper one way and have the ball finishing the other. We create spin on the ball by striking towards the outside of the ball with a locked ankle, our toes pointed down, and we follow through to create a spin, so traditionally the ball starts moving outward and then bends inwards. And that is swerving the soccer ball."

Lecture 6
How to Volley the Soccer Ball
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How to Volley the Soccer Ball


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches taking the ball on the volley is an advanced soccer technique.



Transcript:
MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are taking a look at shooting techniques, and we are going to have a look at the advance technique of taking the ball on the volley. This is where we take the ball first time out of the air. It may be from across or it may be a loose ball that is dropping out of the air in front of the goal; and we want to try and strike the first time to score with. We are going to show a technique very simply here using our demonstrator. As you can see he covers his shoulders over the top of the ball. He has a pointed toe to strike the ball with the laces, his kicking foot is parallel to the ground and the power extension is going to come from the knee. We will just show you that one more time. Okay let's take a look at that live at full speed now, with our demonstrators serving the ball to themselves. One more time. So just a recap, we looked at volleying the soccer ball on a shoot. To do that we must cover our shoulders over the top of the ball to keep the ball down, we have to have our striking foot parallel with the ground, our power extends from the knee, our toe is pointed and we strike the ball cleanly with the laces."

Lecture 7
Taking Tight Angle Shots in Soccer
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Taking Tight Angle Shots in Soccer


In this video lesson, Expert Mark Wilson teaches how to take shots from a tight angle in soccer.



Transcript:
MARK WILSON: "Hi! I'm Mark Wilson from United Soccer Academy. We are here today with Expert Village and we are taking a look at shooting. Now we are going to focus on taking shoots from a tight angle. When we do this, we are usually are on the right side or the left side of the goal, and the goalkeeper is position at the front post. It is a tight angle shot, so our technique is different when we shoot as follows. We push the ball out to the side normally past the defender, and then we place our non kicking foot besides the ball. This forces us to turn our hips around to try and strike cleanly through the ball across the front of the goal keeper and into the back post area of the goal. We are looking to try and score a goal; however, from this tight of an angle, we may force the goal keeper to push the ball out for another oncoming striker to take a follow up shot. Let's see that with our demonstrators. You create a tight angle, and the importance from this angle is that we really get our hips and push out our hips turned around the soccer ball to finish into the back corner. We will see that one more time. The goalkeeper position in the near post, we use our hips to turn and shoot towards the far post, and that is how we take shots."