Volley shooting in soccer may sound difficult, but with practice, anyone can do it. To begin with, a volley means “kicking a floating ball,” so there is not only one way to kick it, but you can use inside and outside of your foot , or kick with your shoelace.
In this article, we will explain how to kick a volley using the instep(shoelace area), which is the most common type of volley shooting, and the key points of this technique.
4 important points for volley shooting
①Position of foot to kick the ball
It’s important to know the height of the ball that you are good at.
Basically, the higher the height of the ball, the more difficult it becomes.
First, you should be able to volley the ball at a height where your kicking foot is parallel to the ground.
②Distance between yourself and the ball
In the case of the volley on the laces, the knees are fully extended at the moment the ball is kicked.
If you are too close to yourself when kicking the ball, you may bend your knees or the ball may hit your shin, so it is important to know how close you are to the ball when your knees are extended.
③Direction of foot swing
A common mistake in volley shooting is often that the ball goes up.
First, as you practice so that the ball does not fly upward, the swing of your feet will naturally be from top to bottom.
It is not necessary to get a run-up as if you were running from a distance, but the step before kicking is very important.
The body (legs and arms) is stretched by stepping into the following picture.
This movement is called the stretch reflex. I will not explain this property in this article, but it is enough to keep in mind that muscles have a tendency to contract when stretched.
All sports use this movement to create instantaneous power.
How to practice alone
First, bounce the ball in front of yourself.
Aim and time the ball to hit the ball as it falls around waist level.
Practice with the 4 tips noted above in mind.
Practice swinging your feet from top to bottom without a ball, especially if the ball flies all the way up.
When you can shoot a volley shot, you can shoot the ball as soon as it is floating.
It can take a long time to control a floating ball and then try to bring it into a shot. However, in front of the goal, there are situations where you need to shoot as quickly as possible when the ball is in the air, so a volley shot can be very useful to score.
Lastly, here’s a brilliant volley shot by former Japanese national team player Tadanari Lee when he scored the final goal of the Asian Games.
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