Are your soccer skills anything like what they seem to be? Are you struggling to convert all your hits into goals? Well, it is time to take a break and work on your kicking skills one at a time in a systematic manner. This article presents a simple and systematic way of improving kicking power, as well as a deeper look at what this means in layman’s terms.

The foundation of a soccer player rests upon his kicking skills, and it is only through hours and hours of solid practice, that one’s kicking power can eventually be translated to a more visible presence on the field; one that can lead your team to victory in critical game situations. There are two parts of a good kicking drill and these are proper execution and frequent practice. The only way to get better at something is through practice and hard work; this is no different with kicking. If you think you have it right, you should be able to bring your kicks into the net at will with the best of regularity and repeatability.

You should begin by choosing a kicking partner. It is important to choose someone who is consistently available, 99% of the time. Sadly, deciding who should be your kicking partner is not always an easy decision; choose someone who is willing to practice with you upon demand, and one you can trust and make sure they will actually do what they say they will do. Once you have your partner, you must consider the finer points of technique on kicking; such as the height of the setting foot, accuracy of the kick, and the most efficient path of the kick.

When choosing the height of your kicking height, make sure you are standing up straight, preferably wearing shoes that are soft enough to absorb any impact. The height that you choose is entirely up to you, and will vary depending on the distance you are kicking from the target. You need to make sure some part of your kicking mechanics is incorporated into every kick (like the height of your setting-grip leg, for example); a solid kicker will lead with the whole foot; a stiff-legged kicker will make contact with the toes. It is important that all the parts of your technique work in harmony; if one variable goes awry, missed goals come because every part failed to work in unison.

Regardless of the height of your kick, the target needs to be kicking at the same height; you cannot move the ball around the net if the ball is not in contact with the floor. Work on your lone-kick routines; place the ball on the ground, kick it towards the ceiling, and return it to the floor as many times as you like. Add a soccer ball, perhaps a 365-yard circle, then practice kicks covering the entire circle; alternate kicking the ball with the right foot, then the left, and so on. These single-kick routines will get your body moving and remind you that a successful soccer kick must be executed in one continuous motion.

Speed also needs to be built in to your kicking routine. There is no jumping or fast-paced ball until your kicking technique has been improved; you can justly pick kicks that are a variety of strikes, kicks, volleys, and passes. Work on steering the ball, and kicking the ball to whichever direction you want to take. Practice kicking into the air, and kicking the ball overhead. Even adding in the physical exertion while kicking the ball will help your muscles develop strength and target the ball with greater speed and accuracy.

Practicing your kicking outdoors will enable you to easily adjust your kicks depending on the angle of the sun or other obstructions. Depending on your kicking style, you may find that it faster to kick from the right, left, and center of the goal; or even booster; or even kick straight into the corner. Even if you do not land the soccer ball on the target you want it to go towards, what is important is that you are able to get it to the desired angle, direction, and height.

To focus correctly on your soccer kicking, you must work on and improve your soccer kicking skills, your strength, your technique, and also your speed. These three elements are the keys that will make much of your soccer kicking go higher and go sharper. Always remember that practice makes perfect, so if you want to become a better soccer player, practice makes perfect. Put the hard work and practice into your soccer kicks. If you practice good technique and keep doing so, you will not be disappointed when you are able to kick the ball harder and farther with your kicks!