KICK OFF How To

Sound ad­vice on how to do the per­fect bi­cy­cle kick

Kick Off - - INSIDE -

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.

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