Free-kick-variations

There are many different free-kick variations and there are no limits to your creativity. Below are two options which can make the difference between winning or losing.

Variation 1 - Flat free-kick from a central position

Player C and D stand by the ball in this variation. Player A and B remain in the penalty area on the same level as the second goal post.

Player C and D start together, then after a moment player D stops. Player C fakes a shot and runs over the ball towards the outer side of the defensive wall. When player C runs to the ball, player B moves towards the goal and player A runs from behind the opponent and to the centre. Now Player D plays a pass to Player A, who plays the pass directly behind the back of the defensive wall to the approaching player C. Player C has the opportunity to dribble or to shoot the ball directly into the goal.

Player A should move continuously before the free-kick is started to confuse the opponents. The timing of player A is crucial in this variation. This variation can be used if the opponents have an advantage due to height or a disadvantage when it comes to speed compared to the other team. It is important that a clear signal is used for this variation, e.g. raising the left arm.

Variation 2 - A chipped free-kick from a central position

Player A, B and D are by the ball. Player C is standing at the inside of the defensive wall.

All three players (A, B and D) start at the same time. Player B and D delay their attempts, Player A fakes a shot and runs over the ball towards the outside of the defensive wall. Once player A has run over the ball, player B follows and fakes a shot too. He then sprints towards the inner side of the defensive wall. Now Player D chipps the ball over the defensive wall into the running path of Player A, who can either dribble or shoot it directly into the goal.

All players should fake a shot to distract the opponent from the path. So that they only look at the last player by the ball. It is important that player A is not in an offside position. Player A should see the ball at all times so that he can adjust his running path if necessary. The players should define a sign for this variation. Here, e.g., the player who is taking the shot can lift his right arm. This variation can be done with fast players. The most important player here is Player D since the chipp shot must be played precisely.  

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