Football Volleying - Skills School

Mick George in association with Peterborough United FC have combined to deliver a skills school, to show various football techniques. This episode looks at the best way to volley.

Ryan Semple, coach at Peterbrough United FC and former player, as well as a few of the clubs academy players provide detailed examples and methods to utilise the volleying technique.

Practice Techniques

It is best to have someone else feeding you the ball to practice the volleying technique.

It isn't necessary for the pass to be kicked, it may be easier if this is done under-arm to control the weight and height of the pass.

Adjust the direction and speed of the pass, as well as the end target of your volley. You should adjust your technique accordingly, depenant on whether you're looking to generate a controlled attacking finish, or power and distance in a defensive situation.

Tips and Advice

Volleying is arguably one of the more difficult skills to master.

Whether you're completing a full or half volley, timing is key, as is keeping your eyes on the ball at all times.

Watch the ball through the air, right on to your foot. You should try to strike the ball with your laces to generate power. Ensure you follow through and keep your body and knee over the ball, to keep it down.

Plant your non-kicking foot firmly for balance. To apply swerve to a volley, strike the ball slightly left or right of center.