Tip of the Month for March – Goal kicks
For a goalkeeper, goal kicks are very important as they are an essential part of the position. Being able
to take good goal kicks can help put your team in an attacking and/or scoring position.
These are all the steps to consider when taking a goal kick:
Step 1 – The first step to taking a good goal kick is knowing where to place the ball. It is important to
avoid any mud/dirt patches and divots. It is best to find a smooth patch of grass where the grass is flat
or even slightly elevated. By elevating the ball it is easier to hit the ball exactly where you want to and
achieve good height and distance on the kick.
Step 2 – Once the ball placed, it is important to establish your approach to the ball. It is recommended
that the goalkeeper starts 3-6 strides behind the ball and 1-2 stride(s) to the left (if you are right footed)
or 1-2 strides to the right (if you are left footed). Please note that the strides listed are only
recommendations and each goalkeeper should determine what works best for them.
The approach to the ball should be at a slow jog while concentrating on your ‘plant foot.’ Once you have
approached the ball, your ‘plant foot’ should be directly beside the ball while your kicking foot is
swinging back to front. Your upper body should be slightly tilted over the ball.
Step 3 – A crucial part of the kicking process is the contact your foot makes with the ball. The bottom
half of the ball is the ‘strike point.’ You want to strike the ball at that point. It is important to not kick the
ball with your toes or instep. The forefoot is the part of your foot which should be making contact with
the ball (This is the area leading from the big toe all the way up to where your foot joins with your
ankle). Make sure to angle your foot down (so your ankle opens up) and lock your angle to achieve a
Step 4 – The last area of focus while taking a goal kick is the follow through. It is very important to follow
through on your goal kicks because this is where most of the power of a goal kick gets generated from.
Once you are in the mechanics of kicking the ball, the backswing will generate momentum for the kick
but striking through the ball and continuing through (with your leg) will provide power and distance.
IMPORTANT – Ensure that your hips also swing through the ball to your target. Your body positioning
determines the direction of the ball and also power and distance. It is important to have good strength
in your core and hip flexors if you want to achieve a good goal kick. Tip: Doing sit ups and stretching can
help increase the distance and power of your kicks.
It is important to control your leg speed when kicking the ball. It is a myth that swinging your leg as hard
as you can gives you the greatest power and distance. Excellent technique is what produces a good kick.
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This means having a controlled back swing and a controlled follow through. If you watch professional
goalkeepers, most of them make goal kicks look effortless because they have excellent technique.
Becoming an excellent kicker requires lots of practice. It is highly recommended that goalkeepers
commit additional time away from their training sessions to work on their goal kicks. Lastly, remember
to practice kicking with both feet. If you are right footed, also work on your left foot and vice versa. This
will make you more versatile and increase your confidence with having the ball at your feet.
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