Adding Power to Your Soccer
How to Kick a Soccer Ball Harder
By Coach V
Blast The Ball
I don’t care if you are 8 or 38 years old, a
funny thing happens when we place a soccer ball
on the grass in front of a goal. Something in
our mind seems to ‘snap’ and we try and strike
the ball as hard as we can. Most of us however
don’t realize this actually slows down the
soccer ball’s speed.
While creating Blast The Ball and Soccer U we
had the pleasure of capturing literally hundreds
of hours of soccer players and thousands of
soccer kicks. This research showed some
interesting results. Trying to kick a soccer
ball ‘harder’ often slowed down the speed of the
ball. Why you ask? Well let’s start with another
sport that will help us understand.
Talk to the “long drive golf champs” and you
will find a common thought among them. Swing at
80% of your top force. Now, why would a golf
ball go farther at 80% vs. 100%? It comes down
to the “speed of the club head” which is the
last part of several body parts involved.
Swinging, or “kicking”, at 100% of force often
causes us to TENSE UP many of the muscles
involved in the full “multifunction process” of
the swinging / kicking motion. Think us this as
a “whipping” motion. Staying slightly “loose”
during the kick allows our foot to be at the end
of an accelerating chain of events. Tighten up
any of those events and you slow it down. Try
throwing a baseball with a totally STIFF arm.
The ball travels about half the speed. Keeping a
loose arm with a whipping motion increases the
speed greatly. The same applies to the soccer
A couple of key points to a stronger, longer and
faster soccer kick.
Allow your entire body to go limp. Shake it out.
Let your head, neck legs and every part of your
The only part of your body that will have
tension is your ankle.
Large last stride / loading.
Make your last stride a long “forward hopping”
load. Your heel should come close to your
Allow your knee to come through first.
This is known as “storing the load”. Your lower
leg will form a V shape. Keep that V shape as
long as possible and at the last minute let it
extent in a WHIPPING motion through the ball.
Kick with the big toe knuckle.
Approach the ball from a slight angle. The
largest bone in your foot is the first
metatarsal which is just above the big toe
knuckle. This translates into FORCE or energy at
Break the pane.
Pretend that the ball is sitting in front of a
large pane of glass. You want to break the pane
with your body, not just your leg or foot. This
means that your forward momentum should continue
through the shot. This will also cause you to
land on your SHOOTING foot, not your plant foot.
Watch your foot contact the ball.
If you can see your foot strike the ball you are
kicking properly. Doing this also keeps your
body in a slightly “bent over” position.
Straitening up will kill some of the power
To prove this point to younger players you
should have them start VERY close to the goal.
Have them move back little by little WITHOUT
changing their kicking effort. When you see them
“forcing” their shot, have them move back very
close and feel the loose shot again a few times.
Then have them move back out to a far point and
use the same “close kick”. Both of you will be
On a final note I suggest you video tape the
player kicking. You can even use digital cameras
that have a video recorder. Try and set the
“frames per second” as high as you can. This
will allow you to slow the kick down to a frame
by frame view. When we shot Blast The Ball,
many of the cameras were set on 3000 frames per
second. This allowed us to see EVERY detail of
the kick. Younger players will be amazed at the
footage and trust me, if you tell them they are
doing something wrong they will disagree. Show
them threw video and they will understand.