Soccer: The Different Parts of Your Foot

Soccer: The Different Parts of Your Foot

Soccer: The Different Parts of Your Foot


Whether you are just starting out or have been playing for a few years, there’s always an opportunity to improve your game. One way of doing so—mastering your skill—is to learn how to kick the ball with all parts of your foot. Whether it’s a specific skill for shooting or passing, you can utilize all parts of your foot and make the most out of your game.


Depending on the goal of why you're hitting the ball in the first place, will alter how you're hitting it. Whether you're crossing, playing a through ball, delivering a clearance or shooting on goal (among various other things), the way you approach the ball will dictate how successful your task will be.


Here are several approaches you can take towards kicking a ball:


  1. Aiming to Use Power


Depending on your position on the field, you normally should be using power when you're shooting on goal or when you're trying to get the ball as far away from your goal as possible.


When shooting with power, you should be hitting the ball with the top of your foot and following through fully. Depending on your skill level, you can also use the inside of your foot.


  1. Preferring Placement


Whether you are passing it to a teammate in a tight spot, placing the ball in the corners of the goal, or crossing it on the ground in that sweet spot between the goalie and the incoming attacker, you should aim to use the inside of your foot.


Most of the passes you make, especially within a short distance will be used with the inside of your foot. When executing this pass, keep your foot flexed and open, using that middle of the inside of your foot to get the most control of your control.


  1. Curving the Ball


Whether you are crossing the ball, sending a long ball for your teammate to run onto or nailing a free kick in the corners of the goal from 25 yards out, you can curve the ball.


This is a very distinctive and difficult skill to master, so you might need to practice a lot. To curve the ball, you should use either the outside of the foot or the inside of your big toe. You can curve the ball in the air or on the ground.


Various Parts of Your Feet:


When you're playing soccer, you can use various parts of your foot—the more you use, the higher your skill set.


Although you might not realize, you can use all the parts of your foot, like:


  • Inside
  • Outside
  • Top (laces)
  • Heel
  • Bottom (sole)


Hitting Different Parts of the Ball


Not only can you hit the ball using various parts of your foot, you can also hit various parts of the ball, too.


Here are the various parts of the ball to aim for:


  • Under the ball: Best for chipping and getting the ball up in the air.
  • Middle of the ball: Keeping the ball low and straight.
  • Side of the ball: Curving the ball, one way or the other.


Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.

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