KICK OFF How To
Sound advice on how to do the perfect bicycle kick
1. JUDGE THE CROSS
When the ball is crossed into the box, you are going to need to wait until it passes over you at just above head height. You don't even have to plan. As soon as the cross is at the height that you know you can do a bicycle kick. And then just go for it.
2. TURN AWAY FROM THE GOAL
It's something I practiced as a kid. So when the ball came to me I already knew I wanted to do a bicycle kick. The second most important step of this move is that you will need your body to face either the opposite direction of the goal posts (backwards bicycle) or directly towards the oncoming cross (side bicycle).
3. JUMP AND LEAN
When the cross is at the right height, and your body's in the right position, you'll need to find the guts and the leg strength to leap and tilt your body towards goal whilst in the air. I practiced this all the time, even as a pro. I used to stay after training and do a lot of aerials and scissor kicks.
4. THE KICK
While you're airborne, swing your non-striking leg to allow for a more powerful kick once you connect with your stronger foot. You'll need to make solid contact with the ball in order to get the shot you want. Don't even think about it. Just jump and make sure you make good contact with the ball. Then you'll have 90-percent chance of scoring.
5. THE PERFECT LANDING
Before you can see whether you've scored or not, you will have to hit the ground. The way that many players land when attempting bicycles is by using their hands as leverage instead of their shoulders or landing flat on their backs. An incorrect landing can result in an injury. I think it's best when you use your hand for balance because a shoulder can always pop out [when using it to land]. So, make sure your hand is strong.