Free-kicks in soccer have been discussed in previous blogs on Goalden but after recently coming across a new video that breaks down how David Beckham takes a free-kick I felt it was worth re-visiting this and sharing a few key points that stood out for me. Some of the point are listed below. They are also routinely missed, if not completely ignored by many players. Watch the video of David Beckham below and look for the following bullet points. Then in training try to apply them to your own free-kick.
- point the non-shooting foot at a right angle to the net. Many players make the mistake of pointing the toes of the non-shooting foot at the net which is wrong when attempting a curve.
- use the body’s momentum to swing the leg down and curl the ball across. This sounds obvious but as your body turns on the planting foot/pivot foot, use the momentum from the shooting foot and pull it across the ball. This will create that whip. It almost looks as though Beckham over-exaggerates this motion.
- the final point and one of the most important is to snap from the knee down to create the ultimate power the shot requires.
Remember, David Beckham practices at least 30 free-kicks a day. No matter how gifted you are, you must still put in the hard work on the training pitch in order to see results in a game situation. There is no better time to start training and if you are already good, then why not get back to basics and perfect your free-kick even more? After all, the best free-kick tacker in the world does it on a daily basis…so can you!