Becoming good at free kicks can make you indispensable to your team, and is an easy way to score goals. Kicking the ball past the wall and past the keeper, isn’t easy, but after following this guide and implementing its techniques, you will be able to do it.
How to Kick a Free Kick
Shooting a free kick into the net is incredibly satisfying, but it’s also hard. You need to learn proper technique if you want to become successful.
If you haven’t already, read How to Kick a Soccer Ball. You will learn the proper kicking technique that is necessary to perform a free kick.
Shooting a free kick is more than just shooting technique. It also requires technique specifically for kicking a free kick.
There are four key steps that you have to perform:
1. Place the Ball
You can’t move the ball much, but you can set it down. Set it down so it is on a good part of the field if you can, not in dirt or uneven terrain.
Look at the wall and look at the goalie. You should be thinking about where you want to place the ball, or where you want to cross the ball. Before you step back, decide where you will place the ball.
3. Step Back
Take a few steps back. Don’t take like 6 steps back. Just take two or three.
Take a deep breathe. It will help calm you.
Relax, tensing up can hurt your technique.
Before you kick the ball, glance one more time at the position of the goalie and wall (and teammates if you’re looking to cross).
Then look at the ball, run forward and kick it.
Getting the Ball Past the Wall
The wall is your first obstacle. If you don’t get the ball past the wall, your free kicks will be unsuccessful. So how do you kick it past the wall? There are three ways:
The most obvious and common route is to kick the ball above the wall.
To accomplish this, you should kick the ball in the lower portion.
Getting the ball in the air and over the wall is fairly easy, but you can’t kick the ball over the goal.
It takes practice to determine how high you should kick it (based on distance) and how you should do this. This is a skill that only comes with hours of practicing free kicks (which you can do with the drills I provide).
A cheeky way to beat the wall is to strike it on the ground. Oftentimes, the wall will jump, allowing the ball to go under them. You can get off a hard shot this way and the goalie won’t expect it.
This is something to experiment, but you shouldn’t rely on it too much. If the other team predicts it, your free kick will be wasted.
Perhaps the best way, it to bend the ball around the wall.
If you bend the ball, you can avoid the wall entirely.
The key is to
- Get the ball on goal
- Put power on the kick
When you bend the ball, there is a real miss of missing to the right or left. Additionally, people tend to put less power on a bended shot (which can result in an easy save for the keeper).
To overcome these obstacles, and produce a nasty, bending free kick, you need the proper technique to bend the ball, and practice.
Soccer Free Kick Tips
Many players get nervous and tense up during a free kick. This usually results in the ball hitting the wall or going over the goal. Relax, breath, and kick with confidence. You can do this.
Don’t Kick it Weak
I have seen some players chip the ball over the wall, allowing the goalkeeper to easily catch it. While its important to avoid kicking it over the goal, you still need to hit it with pace.
Take it With Confidence
Often, many players on the team want to take a free kick. If you know that you have a good free kick, don’t be afraid to step up and say “hey, I’m going to take it.” More information on this in the Soccer Teammates Guide