For all those soccer players who want to learn how to bend it like Beckham, this article along with practice and hard work will help you improve your curving skills. First, I will tell you the key to curving a soccer ball.
Including many different factors that can affect the way you curve the soccer ball. Then in the following paragraphs I will tell you a step by step process on how to curve a soccer ball.
This process will help you develop a technique that uses body mechanics and ball placement to thoroughly explain how to curve a soccer ball.
I will also include professional tips that will help you enhance the curve of the ball. Finally, in the conclusion I will review everything I have gone over in this article.
Once you have a soccer ball and a pair of soccer cleats, you can start practicing this technique. The KEY to curving the soccer ball is to make the ball spin in the direction you want to curve it.
Before you even start kicking the soccer ball, practice spinning it. There are many factors that can affect how that soccer ball curves.
Some factors are they type and thickness of the grass, artificial turf, the wetness of the field, any slopes or dips in the field, which way the wind is blowing and how hard it is blowing, and even the condition of the field such as muddy or dry.
Spin the soccer ball on the ground with your hands so you can feel how it will spin when you kick it.
You can also find the exact spots you want to kick the ball to achieve the curve you desire by hitting the right or left side of the soccer ball in a curving motion.
You can experiment by moving exactly where you hit the soccer ball and how much of a curving motion you use. Once you have a good sense of the spin, we can get started on technique.
Plant your non-dominant foot (the foot you will not be kicking with) on either the left or right side of the soccer ball.
If you are planting with your right foot, then your foot will be on the right side of the soccer ball. If you are planting with your left foot, then your foot will be on the left side of the soccer ball.
When you are curving the soccer ball to the left with your right foot or to the right with your left foot, then you want more space between your planted foot and the soccer ball. So you have enough room for your other foot to kick the soccer ball properly.
Planting your foot is very important because it sets up how you will kick the ball. If you do not plant your foot correctly, then it will be much more difficult to get the curve you are looking for.
Pro Tip: When planting your foot try to make sure the tip of your toe is not in front of or too far behind the soccer ball.
It is harder to get the desired power behind your kick when your planted foot is in front of or behind the soccer ball. Also try to point your toe exactly where you want the soccer ball to end up.
The kick itself is the most important part of curving a soccer ball. Pull your kicking leg as far back as you possibly can.
Then bring your kicking foot forward quickly towards the soccer ball. When you kick the soccer ball, you want to slice the ball with the top-inside or the top-outside edge of your foot.
Which side you use depends on the direction you want to curve the soccer ball and the foot you want to kick it with.
If you are kicking with your right foot and you want the soccer ball to curve to the left, then kick the right third of the soccer ball with the top-inside edge of your right foot.
This will make the soccer ball spin counter-clockwise (left) causing the soccer ball to curve to the left.
If you are kicking with your right foot and you want the soccer ball to curve to the right, then kick the left third of the ball with the top-outside edge of your foot.
This will make the soccer ball spin clockwise (right) causing the ball to curve to the right.
If you are kicking with your left foot and you want the soccer ball to curve to the right, then kick the left third of the ball with the top-inside edge of your left foot.
This will make the soccer ball spin clockwise (right) causing the soccer ball to curve to the right.
If you are kicking with your left foot and you want to curve the ball to the left, then kick the right third of the soccer ball with the top-outside edge of your left foot.
This will make the ball spin counter-clockwise (left) causing the ball to curve to the left.
Adjusting power: How hard you kick the ball will also affect how much the soccer ball will curve and how far it will go. Typically, when you curve the soccer ball on the ground it will need more power than when you curve it through the air.
When the soccer ball is on the ground it has a lot more resistance from the ground than when it is in the air.
This is where the condition of the soccer field and they type of grass or artificial grass will affect the curve of the ball the most.
Usually natural grass needs more power than artificial grass. Also, when the field is wet, then the ball will need less power because there is less resistance due to the lack of friction. If you want more power, then you need to use more muscle groups.
Using your core or abs will help increase your power without exhausting your legs. Take your kicking leg and opposite arm as far apart from each other as you can, then swing them across to the opposite side of your body in order to add that extra power you need. Another way to increase power over time is to build up your leg muscles.
Working out both the strength and endurance of your muscles will increase your power over time.
Practice adjusting your power by small amounts in order to see how the soccer ball responds in various field conditions.
Adjusting height: In order to kick the ball higher in the air, you want to get your foot under the ball.
To practice this, try kicking lower and lower towards the bottom of the soccer ball. You can also adjust how high the ball goes by adjusting your body. If you lean back while you kick the ball, it will go up higher.
If you lean forward over the ball, then it will go lower. Also, the ball will go higher when you kick it harder. So if you are shooting the ball, try keeping your body forward and over the ball more.
When you are crossing the ball to a team mate, you can lean back more in order to get the ball over the defense and to your team member.
Follow through! Following through is what your body is doing after you kicked the ball. This is just as important for curving a soccer ball as the way you kick it because following through increases power along with the speed of the spin and angle of the curve.
When you want the ball to curve more, then you want your kicking leg to swing across your body after you kicked the ball. The direction you swing your leg is dependent on which leg you use.
Example: When you are kicking with your right foot then you want to swing your right leg, in a curving motion, across to the left side of your body.
When you are kicking with your left foot then you want to swing your left leg, in a curving motion, across to the right side of your body.
When you kick the ball with a lot of power the follow through may cause your planted foot to lift off the ground.
Practice! Practice! Practice! If you are looking to make the most out of your practice, then you need to practice correctly.
Look at what the professionals are doing. Watch how they kick a soccer ball. Then try to mimic that movement in the mirror.
The more you practice, the better you will be able to feel exactly how you are kicking the soccer ball.
Eventually you will be able to make small changes in your body mechanics that will correct the curve of the ball for any situation.
The way you kick a corner kick will be different than the way you shoot the soccer ball.
Practice different scenarios all over the field. You want to be prepared to curve the soccer ball from anywhere on the field.
Also practice curving the ball with both feet. You never know when you might have to use your non-dominant foot to take a shot on goal or cross the ball to your teammate.
Sometimes you will not have the time to set up your shot perfectly. Try practicing with multiple balls, that way you can curve the ball under pressure and with very little time to set up.
Eventually your muscles will remember the movements from all of your practice, and you will be able to curve the ball without even thinking about it.
if you want to curve a soccer ball, you need to spin it in the direction you want it to curve. There are many factors that go into curving a soccer ball such as the type and condition of the field, the weather, and how you kick the ball.
Start by spinning the soccer ball on the field you are playing on to get a sense of how easily the soccer ball will spin on that field.
In order to have the best start possible, make sure you plant your foot correctly. Plant your non-kicking foot to the right side of the ball, if you are kicking with your left foot.
Or plant your non-kicking foot to the left side of the soccer ball, if you are kicking with you right foot. Next kick the right third of the ball with the top-inside edge of your right foot to curve it to the left.
Or kick the left third of the soccer ball with the top-outside edge of your right foot to curve it to the right.
For the left footed players, kick the left third of the ball with the top-inside edge of your left foot to curve it to the right. Or kick the right third of the soccer ball with the top-outside edge of your foot to curve it to the left.
Practice kicking different spots on the soccer ball. Little changes on where you kick the soccer ball will greatly affect how much the ball spins and the direction it curves. Last but certainly not least, follow through after you kick the soccer ball.
Swing your kicking leg in a curving motion, across your body to the opposite side. You can even practice this motion without a soccer ball.
It will help to strengthen your abs and incorporate more muscles into your kick. More muscles mean more power.
Remember that consistent practice makes perfect! When you practice consistently, your muscles will start to memorize the movements.
I suggest practicing your movements in a mirror and comparing them to videos of the professionals kicking the soccer ball. Make sure you are doing the technique correctly. Then you can eventually work up to achieving your desired curve without even thinking about it.