The Soccer Kick Guide


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Free Kick
Direct soccer free kick is taken from where the foul occurred. When performing it the ball must be stationary prior to being kicked. The free kick wall must remain 10 yards from the ball until you kick it. Free kick is a great opportunity for scoring goal, especially if the foul was occurred near your opponent’s goal.

Indirect Free Kick
The opposite of direct free kick is the soccer indirect kick. The main difference between an indirect and direct free kick is that you cannot score directly from it; instead one of your teammates must touch the ball first. Usually, an indirect free kick will occur when a player passes the ball to the goalkeeper (both of them must play in the same team) and he/she grip the ball with his/her hands.

Penalty Kick
A soccer penalty kick is a form of direct free kick which means that a goal can be scored directly from it. If you miss a penalty kick the game will continue on as usual, which gives you opportunity to repair the mistake if the ball bounces back to you. Few years ago it was allowed to pass the ball to another teammate when performing a penalty kick, but now days you must kick the ball directly at goal without letting any teammate touch it first.

Goal kick
Your team will be awarded with a goal kick when the ball leaves the field of play. The ball will be counted as out of play when wholly crossing the goal line (either on the ground or while it is in the air).

The ball must even been touched last by an opponent before it leaves the field of play. Often your goalkeeper will be responsible for taking goal kicks but sometimes you may need to take his/her role especially if he/she is injured or don’t have enough skill to perform a goal kick (which is not even unusual in professional soccer matches).

Corner kick
A corner is a soccer kick that provides very good scoring opportunities, either directly (which will not occur so often) or getting the ball to your teammates in front of your opponents goal. Another strategy for corner kick in soccer is to play a short corner, in which the ball is kicked to a teammate located near the corner kicker.

This strategy is normally used to get the ball away from the goal line in order to get a better angle on your opponent’s goal. Your opponents will usually form a wall to stop the ball from getting into the 18 yard area, however they must be at least 10 yards from the ball until it is in play.

Bicycle or the Over Head kick
A soccer bicycle kick (also known as the scissors or overhead kick) is a type of soccer kick which is basically executed in the air. In order to perform a bicycle kick you should perform a shearing movement with your legs and kick the ball with power. This is the most advanced part of the soccer kick methods and must be practiced first without ball because you can cause yourself serious injuries if you don’t know what you are doing. With other words, if you have just started to learn how to play soccer I would recommend you to avoid practicing on this one.

Instep kick
The soccer instep kick is the heavy artillery of all your soccer. This type of kick is the most powerful one and is the true winner when it comes to releasing powerful and hard to save missiles. With this kick mastered you will be true king on the field and the keepers will get scared every time you receive the ball.