How To Correctly Bend A Soccer Ball
Have you ever seen a pro soccer player bend a soccer ball? It may look hard but, in reality it is not. Bending the soccer ball is an important technique to know because it can make it very tricky for the goalie to correctly judge which way the ball is going to go. If you can master the skill you will have no problem getting your shots in on a goalie or around a free kick wall.
First, you need to find a soccer ball and a soccer net you can play on. You can find the perfect equipment for this purpose at TiAS. You can use a wall, but I would not recommend it because it makes it hard to see how much you are actually bending the ball. Then, place the ball down on a flat piece of ground with the air hole pointing at your body. Next, you want to run at the ball and strike the outside of the ball with the inside of you kicking foot. If you are right footed you should be hitting the right outside of the soccer ball with the inside of your right foot. If you are left footed you should be hitting the left outside of the soccer ball with the inside of your left foot.
You do not want to strike towards the middle of the ball. When you hit the middle of the ball with the inside of your foot the ball travels on the ground. You want to strike almost underneath the ball lifting it up and causing the ball to go high. When you correctly strike the ball you should notice the ball has side spin. The side spin is what causes the ball to bend. The quicker the side spin, the more the ball will bend.
There is another way to put bend on the ball that most pro’s are able to do. This is striking the ball with the outside of your foot. It requires a lot of leg strength so it is not recommended for starting players. First, place the ball on the ground with the air hole facing you. Next, run up to the ball and hit the outside of the ball with the outside of your foot. If you are right footed you should strike the left outside of the ball with the outside of your right foot. If you are left footed you should strike the right outside of the ball with the outside of your left foot. You should once again see side spin on the ball, but it will be in the opposite direction. This will cause the ball to bend the opposite way of the previous bending you did.
Like most things in soccer, you must practice. The more you practice the better your bends are going to be. If you keep trying daily eventually you will be able to bend the ball well enough to easily beat a goalie. Good luck learning to bend the soccer ball!