When you are running up the soccer field and a teammate passes you the ball up the middle, giving you a clean shot at the goal, you need to know how to strike a soccer ball. Before you join a team and take the field, you need to understand how to kick the ball with both accuracy and power. There are any number of ways to strike a soccer ball, but when you are starting out you need to focus on how to strike the ball straight and hard. Once you get this down you can move on to specialty shots like curving a penalty kick or corner kick on goal.
- Take a few steps as you approach the soccer ball. This speed will help propel the ball forward.
- Place your planting foot to the side of the soccer ball. The toes of the foot should be even with the back of the ball and three to five inches to the side.
Bend your kicking leg at the knee, positioning your foot behind you. This will generate power for your kick. Stay balanced on your plant foot while your kicking foot is in the air.
- Propel your kicking foot forward, striking the ball with your foot. If you strike the ball with the top of your foot, you will generate a lot of power at the expense of accuracy. If you strike the ball with the side of your foot, your ball will fly straight, but with little power. Practice striking the ball with all angles of your foot until you find one that works for you. As you improve both your power and accuracy will increase.
- Bring your foot through the soccer ball and bring your leg across your body. This follow through ensures that your kicking motion continues through the ball. If you stop your kicking motion before the ball has left your foot, it is likely to fly in the wrong direction.