The perfect penalty kick in 3 quick steps

August 27, 2019 • by Scout4winners

When it all comes down to the 11 meters mark, only the ones with practice can pull it off. Know the best skills to get success in scoring a perfect penalty kick

Have you ever been with your team, struggling to win that important match and the game comes down to a single play? That one moment that can change your lifes? Yes, we’re talking about perfect penalty kicks. Unfortunately, most penalty kicks that fail are not the result of a spectacular save by the goalkeeper, but by a bad shot that goes wide. Scout4Winners helps you to find the back of the net, with simple steps for you to practice.

Step 1 for the perfect penalty kick: Placing the Ball

Messi placing the ball at 2010 World Cup

This step is one of the most important, since is the first and decisive. When you walk towards the 11 meters spot, try visualize yourself scoring a penalty and memorize the side and angle where your fired the shot. Remember, it’s super important to defocus about the audience, that will try (when you’re in away games) to distract you and lead you to failure.

After visualizing the penalty kick, place the ball in the 11 meters spot, closer to the end, and not on the center. That gives you a good reference to know when and where to kick and place your backup foot, that will support your shot.

Step 2 for the perfect penalty kick: Distance and eye contact

Visual contact is one of the most important ways to effectively hit a penalty

Go back three/four steps backwards, depending the distance of the field. Try not go to much further of the box. That will get you tired and lacking energy, when it comes to the real deal.

As you move back, get your head up and look at the goal. Try not looking to much on the goalkeeper, that will do anything to get you to shot in the direction he wants. So look at the goal and choose a side to kick the ball and how hard will you get it.

This decision is super important, because it will change the way you not only shot with your predilected foot, but also how you put your backup foot, to get the right direction.

Step 3 for the perfect penalty kick: The run and the shot

Relax and breathe. When you’ve placed the ball and decided where you’re shooting. More than 70 percent, according to TransferMarket (2018) of penalty kicks end with goals. 

Wait for the referee’s whistle and staring at the goalkeeper, start the run and do not change the trajectory you chose before. 

Without staring at the spot where you’re going to shoot, visualize the shot going past the goalie and into the net. Visualize yourself following through, striking the ball clean and hard, and scoring the goal for your team.

Plant your non-kicking foot a few inches to the side of the ball and drive into it with the instep of your kicking leg. This offers you the best control over the ball, allowing you to drive it into the spot of your choice, and into the back of the net. Follow through with your kicking motion, driving your leg up and pointing your toe where you want the ball to go.

If you want the ball to go high, just put your plant foot behind the ball and lean over it to keep it down low enough to stay under the bar. You need to do this if you want to aim for the top corner. If you want the ball to stay on the ground, use your instep and drive through the ball hard. Don’t try to get too fancy with your aim. It doesn’t need to skim off the post, it just needs to find net.

Types of Penalty’s

When the decision comes up and you have to choose the intensity and trajectory of the shot, you have many choices. Here’s a few examples:


Antonín Panenka was a former Czech professional footballer who invented his own penalty style in the final of Eurocopa 1976 with a “chip” behind the ball, creating a unique way of scoring a penalty.

To do that, you have to get your feet below the ball, and with the tip of your shooting feet, do a slight “chip”.

Powerful Shot

Like Cristiano Ronaldo or Griezmann, you can choose a powerful shot to score a penalty. That consists on choosing a side you feel it’s the right one and aim that which the maximum strength as you can get, which stands no chance for the goalkeeper to defend. But watch out, because too much strength and a lousy trajectory will get the ball out of the stadium!

Low Strength Shot

Pogba, Pirlo and David Beckham are perfect examples of the reliability of the low strength shot, that rely more on the trajectory rather than strength. Which means that there’s a higher change the goalkeeper catches your shot, so you have to aim perfectly in order to score.

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