Striking with the foot or kicking is a manipulative skill synonymous with many sporting activities in Ireland. Kicking a moving object, foot dribbling, trapping and punting are all components of striking with the foot. This resource pack will initially address striking a stationary object as it is the easiest to become proficient in, and can be applied to many activities and modified games.
When a ball is kicked, force is applied to the ball from the foot causing it to move in the direction the force is applied. The more force applied, the further the ball will travel. Kicking is a very useful tool to develop coordination between the foot and the eye. Activities that use the skill of kicking include rugby, soccer, gaelic football and Australian rules football.
Things to consider
Kicking is one of the more difficult fundamental movement skills to master, so particular attention should be paid to the technique. It is important to stress that when learning to kick the pupil should be instructed to kick as hard as they can. Focus should be placed on generating force rather than accuracy in the early stages of development. In order to maximise force, contact should be made directly behind the ball with the shoelaces or instep. For safety purposes use a foam or light ball initially and insure that nobody is standing in or near the target area.
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