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Section 6

Part 5 - Long Kicks


(show a few clips of long kicks. Kicks like corners, goal kicks, and defensive clears)

Coach: "The shooting motion is a very important one not only for making good shots, but also for making a number of other important kicks. The one we're going over right now is the 'Long Kick.' 'Long Kicks' are used for corner kicks, goal kicks, defensive clears, and occasionally long range shots on goal. Now that you're all expert shooters, you will have no problem learning to do long kicks because there are only two main differences. The first main difference is the location of the planting foot. Instead of imagining a line in the middle of the ball, this time imagine it at the back of the ball. For long kicks place your planting foot toe on this line. Placing your planting foot further back will cause your kicking foot to contact the ball on its upward follow-though, as opposed to the earlier straight through. The second main difference is the angle of your kicking ankle. Stand on your planting leg only and allow your kicking foot to relax and dangle. Once it is relaxed and has stopped moving, lock it in that position. This is the ankle position for 'Long Kicks.' Make those two small changes and then proceed as if you were shooting. If you've done everything right your kick should look something like this. Just like shooting, we're trying to hit the ball with our laces. This time though, because our foot is angles differently, our laces will contact lower on the ball and force it into the air. If your toe hits the ground when you try to take a kick then you're aiming too low. Try to let the bottom of your foot just skim the ground. If your toe hits the ball instead of your laces, you're either aiming too high on the ball and/or your ankle is bent too far up. Practice relaxing it and locking it until you get the right angle every time."
(start normal view. Pan, zoom, and change perspectives to best illustrate what the coach is talking about. The coach should be demonstrating or acting out what they are doing for the entire scene. Show a slow-to-stop motion clip of the coach's foot going to kick a ball for a long kick. Show a similar line graphic to the one used for the shooting with laces. Go slow-mo and then stop it the moment the foot hits the ball. Use similar slow-to-stop motion clips of just single frames for showing where to kick the ball for the finish)