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Curl (football)

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David Beckham scoring with a bending free kick in 2007. The ball is struck with the inside of his right foot, with his body leaning to the left to generate extra curl on the ball.
David Beckham scoring with a bending free kick in 2007. The ball is struck with the inside of his right foot, with his body leaning to the left to generate extra curl on the ball.

Curl or bend in association football is spin on the ball which will make it change direction, called a 'screw shot' in the 19th century. When kicking the ball, the inside of the foot is often used to curl the ball, but this can also be done by using the outside of the foot. Similar to curl, the ball can also swerve in the air, without the spin on the ball which makes the ball curl.

Curling or bending the ball is especially evident from free kicks, shots from outside the penalty area and crosses. Differences between balls can also affect the amount of swerve and curl: traditional leather footballs were too heavy to curl without great effort, whereas the lighter modern footballs curl with a lower effort threshold. As a general rule, the lighter and smoother the ball the more deviation there is.

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So you want to learn how to curve the ball well in this episode I'm gonna give you a step-by-step tutorial on how to hit those bending free kicks Generally speaking hurling the ball with the inside of your foot is one of the most common and popular Shooting techniques in football as compared to other techniques like knuckle balls It's relatively easy to learn and very consistent in game situations But don't get it twisted it takes a lot of practice so if you're expecting to me recklessly learn this technique Overnight without putting in thousands of hours of hard work This is not the video for you But for those of you out there Prepared to put in the work stick around and let's start from the beginning And you want to start with a proper run-up to the ball Which means having a beautiful angle to the ball imagine that the camera is the goal? I would probably approach the ball From an angle someone like this people who tend to go for more straight run-up Usually go for a knuckleball or just a pure power strike, but that's not what we're working with today also I've seen tons and tons of tutorials where people give you exact steps take five big steps back To to the side, and you're good to go honestly It doesn't matter how many Steps you take back once you get into the technique a little bit more you will find out the distance and the exact angle That works out for you because the only thing that really matters here is that you have an angle to the ball this will help You shooting the ball in the right way that will put some curve the ball So which part of your food should you use to strike the ball basically you want to keep the ball with the instep area? Right around here It's basically the area between your toes and the very inside of your food now a lot of people Shoot their currently free kicks or try to shoot their curling freaks with the inside of your foot that you use for passing and that Will not generate enough power for the ball to go over the wall into the top piece so when you're about to make your Initial contact with the ball make sure that your ankle is locked and your toes are pointing upwards you want to point your toes Upwards like this make sure that the ball not only gets a beautiful side spin But also a little bit of top speed this will that the ball actually goes over the wall and dips beautifully Into the top corner and you want to strike the ball somewhere around this area the lower half Slightly on the side to actually give the ball that curling movement We are looking for two other things worth mentioning make sure that the whole movement Starts from your hip just like this you want to have some nice momentum When you approach and shoot the ball Nobody has ever shot a nice free kick just by swinging their leg and having their hip not working together with them You can see from this This is never gonna work out what you want to do instead is approach the ball from a nice angle and have your entire hip moving and creating some nice Momentum also your non kicking foot your standing foot has a very interesting role in this technique Normally when you pass the ball. Let's say the camera is do I'm trying to pass the ball directly to you You are used to having your non kicking foot pointing directly Towards your target, but in this case I'm actually gonna have my standing foot pointing slightly away from my targets Why is that because with this technique? We are trying to generate side spin, so I'm actually trying to aim Somewhere over there, and hope that the curve is gonna kick in and the ball is gonna Actually end up directly towards your target now the last piece of the puzzle is the follow-through What happens after the short moment your foot is actually in contact with the ball and here we basically have two Schools of thought we have the people who just let their entire leg swing freely like this And then we have guys like myself who tend to stop Their follow-through a little bit quicker my planting food actually makes a pretty funny looking Movement it basically drags along the ground and I land back on my kicking foot some people shoot their free kicks like this and They're planting food stays in the same spot all the time But for me the movement is something like this you can basically go with whatever version You feel comfortable in but the important thing here is that your entire leg actually? Continues the movement, and it slices across your body to make a circle like this this will once again Help you give the ball Some curl some sideways spin that we are looking for and it almost happens naturally as you are approaching the ball from the side anyways also It's very important to lean over the ball a little bit if you are leaning back the ball will end up going all The way over the goal, which is not something. We are looking for And That's pretty much it for the basics next up I wanted to give you some extra tips and my tip number one is to practice your free kicks shooting against the wall This is a great thing to do because obviously when you kick the ball Towards the wall you will always come back to you And this is great because you can actually get more repetitions in less amount of time which is crucial because repetition is Everything when you're practicing your free kicks. It's not going to help you out knowing in your head how to shoot free kicks? No, you need to repeat the same movements thousands after Thousands of times and shooting against the wall is a great tool for that Especially if you only have one ball with you when you're going to the pitch another great tip is to analyze how? Professional footballers are taking their curling freaks the Internet and YouTube is packed with free get ghost from the world's best Footballers so use all that free information to analyze and see how other people are doing it Also, the next point might sound a little bit weird But try filming your own free gigs and when you get home analyze the shots that work Good ones that were bad. Normally you can spot the difference Now onto some common mistakes that a lot of people do when they stop Practicing their curving free kicks and the number one thing I see people doing wrong is that they only generate backspin to their shots Instead of getting that beautiful side spin to the ball backspin is obviously an enemy because it will make the ball float in the air For a long period of time which is something we don't want We need the ball to go up over the wall and come back down Into the top beams now if you find yourself only generating backspin to the ball You're probably doing one of these things wrong number one your toes are not pointing upwards And you are shooting the ball too much with your toes like this you need to have your toes Pointing upwards for the ball to have a nice side and topspin as well number two Follow-through and especially not following through at all trust me. I see so many people following through their free gigs like this That's not how you follow through when you shoot a free kick that's how you chip the ball That will only give you backspin which once again is an enemy so make sure you follow through So let's summarize a little bit make sure you have enough angle on your runner Point your non kicking foot slightly away from your target And hit the lower half of the ball with your instep As you hit the ball make sure your upper body is leaning over the ball your ankle is locked and your toes are pointing slightly Upwards to give the ball some topspin as well and finally follow through by continuing the movement with your leg across your body So that's basically it for this curving free-kick tutorial I truly Hope you guys enjoyed this episode and my last piece of advice is for you guys to stay consistent with your training Trust me when I tell you the only thing that matters at the end of the day is that you go back to that training Ground every single day to work on your shooting technique It doesn't matter what fall you have it doesn't matter which football boots You have or don't have the only thing that matters is that every single day go to the training ground to get in those 203 kicks and you do that year after year, and that's it I'm gonna cut it right there Hopefully you guys enjoyed this episode if you still have some questions Make sure to leave them in the comment section right down below if you enjoyed this video and wanna see more make sure you are Subscribed to our Channel and before you go. 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The deviation of a ball from the straight path in the air is known as the curl, or swerve; however, the spin on the ball that causes this is also known as the curl. Shots that curl or swerve are known as curlers, swingers, or in extreme cases, banana shots. The technique of putting curl on a ball with the outside of the foot is known as a trivela, a Portuguese term, with Ricardo Quaresma an exponent.[1] The top spin technique of putting straight curl (instead of side curl) on a ball is known as a dip or dipping shot.[2]


Free kicks

Roberto Carlos' bending free kick for Brazil against France in 1997 was struck with the outside of his left foot.
Roberto Carlos' bending free kick for Brazil against France in 1997 was struck with the outside of his left foot.

Free kick takers often curl and put spin on the ball, to curl it over or around the wall of defending players, out of the reach of the goalkeeper. Goalkeepers usually organize walls to cover one side of the goal, and then stand themselves on the other side. Thus, the free kick taker has several choices, including; either to curl the ball around the wall with finesse, to bend the ball around the wall using power, or to go over the wall (although this lessens the likelihood of scoring close-range free kicks).

The 1950s Brazilian star Didi invented the folha seca (dry leaf) which is nowadays commonly known as the knuckleball free kick,[3] notably used by modern day players such as Cristiano Ronaldo and Juninho, where the ball would be struck with either no or a low amount of spin, causing it to swerve downward unexpectedly at a point near the goal.[4]


Curling can be an effective technique when taking corners. The ball gradually moves in the air towards the goal. This is referred to as an in-swinging corner. Occasionally, a corner-taker will bend the ball towards the edge of the penalty area, for an attacker to volley, or take a touch and then shoot.


Curling can be used in passing. Effective passes from midfield to an attacking player are often the result of a curled pass around the defender, or long cross field passes are sometimes aided by the addition of curl or backspin.


The reason that spin on a football makes it curl is known as the Magnus effect. This causes a rotating ball to form a whirlpool about itself, with one side's air moving with the ball and the other side's air moving against the ball. This creates a difference in air pressure, and the ball deviates from its path as a result of this.[5]

The Magnus effect is named after German physicist Heinrich Gustav Magnus, who described the effect in 1852.[5] In 1672, Isaac Newton had described it and correctly inferred the cause after observing tennis players in his Cambridge college.[6][7]

Notable players

Many football players are renowned for their ability to curl or bend the ball when shooting at goal from open play or a free kick, some of which include: Pelé, Didi, Rivelino, Zico, Diego Maradona, Michel Platini, Roberto Baggio, Alessandro Del Piero, Gianfranco Zola, Siniša Mihajlović, Zinedine Zidane, Rivaldo, David Beckham, Roberto Carlos, Juninho, Ronald Koeman, Andrea Pirlo, Ricardo Quaresma, Gareth Bale, Philippe Coutinho, Ronaldinho, Thierry Henry, Neymar, Kaká, Miralem Pjanić, Rogério Ceni, Shunsuke Nakamura, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Hristo Stoichkov, Cristiano Ronaldo, and Lionel Messi.[nb 1]

See also



  1. ^ "20 Football Tricks and the Players Who Invented Them". Bleacher Report. 4 August 2018.
  2. ^ "How To Score a Dipping Shot | The Ultimate Guide To Shooting With Dip".
  3. ^ "Top 10 Knuckleball Goals".
  4. ^ a b "Kings of the free-kick". Retrieved 20 May 2014
  5. ^ a b G. Magnus (1852) "Über die Abweichung der Geschosse," Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin, pages 1-23.
  6. ^ Isaac Newton, "A letter of Mr. Isaac Newton, of the University of Cambridge, containing his new theory about light and color," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, vol. 7, pages 3075-3087 (1671-1672). (Note: In this letter, Newton tried to explain the refraction of light by arguing that rotating particles of light curve as they moved through a medium just as a rotating tennis ball curves as it moves through the air.)
  7. ^ Gleick, James. 2004. Isaac Newton. London: Harper Fourth Estate.
  8. ^ "The Joy of Six: classiest hat-tricks". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2014
  9. ^ "From Messi to Ronaldo – the world's best free kick takers". The Telegraph. Retrieved 4 November 2012
  10. ^ "Watch Real Madrid's Gareth Bale curl in a mesmerizing free kick from 35 yards". USA Today. Retrieves 20 December 2014
  11. ^ "Free-kick master Pirlo". Football Italia. 19 March 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2015.
  12. ^ Martin Mazur (1 November 2007). "Gianfranco Zola: One-on-One". Four Four Two. Retrieved 21 July 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ Dermot Corrigan (25 September 2015). "Neymar ready to take over from Lionel Messi on Barcelona free kicks". ESPN FC. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  14. ^ Roger Gonzalez (13 September 2016). "WATCH: This free kick goal from Neymar in the Champions League is a thing of beauty". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  15. ^ Mark Rodden (26 October 2015). "Juninho says Miralem Pjanic is world's best free-kick taker". ESPN FC. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
  16. ^ Muhammad Butt (12 September 2018). "10 players that have somehow scored more free-kicks than Lionel Messi… so far". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  17. ^ Liew, Jonathan (4 July 2016). "Ricardo Quaresma emerges from Cristiano Ronaldo's shadow to help duo to brink of career-defining glory". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  18. ^ Theivam, Kieran (5 May 2018). "Fran Kirby stars as Chelsea Ladies win second Women's FA Cup over Arsenal". The Independent. Retrieved 22 February 2019.
  19. ^ Ronan Murphy (15 January 2018). "Bend it Like Beckham: The football comedy that launched Keira Knightley's career". Retrieved 13 December 2018.
  20. ^ “Season 10 - Bend It Like Brackenreid - Murdoch Mysteries“. CBC. Retrieved 4 August 2018

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