A Bicycle Kick is a test of skill, athleticism and courage. The courage not to look like a fool if you miss it. No risk no reward right? So just to clarify, if your vertical happens to be measured in paper sheets, then stay away from this skill. Now if you got some hops in those shoes then by all means, the pitch is your dance floor.
A "bike" as it's commonly referred to or "scissors" (which is slightly different) can be pulled off from all types of angles and positions. But generally it's pulled off when the ball is in the air, above your head and you attempt to kick it inverting your body. Making contact with the ball and landing on your side or back after thrusting your body's momentum upward.
Sounds tricky doesn't it, for you seasoned acrobats I just made it sound a lot more complicated than it actually is, maybe some video will clear it up for you. Enjoy.
How Often Do Pro’s Do Them?
Not very often to be fair. Although the skill set and athleticism is higher at the professional level it’s not as common as you might think. A bicycle is not only dependent on the ability to execute one but on the situation and the ability to set one up and recognize when to hit it.
So don’t expect to turn on an EPL match and see ten bicycle kicks throughout the match.
Is it Hard to Pull off Bicycle Kicks?
Compared to what? Building a house? In that case I would say it’s easy, but in soccer terms a bike can be difficult to pull off and it takes plenty of practice.
Like any technical skill in the game it takes hours of repetition and courage not only to try a bike but to get a quality strike in.
Can You Use a Bike When Defending?
Believe it or not you might see more bikes in the defensive end during a match then on the offensive end. Sayyy what? Ya that’s right if you ever watch athletic defenders at the pro level then you’ll see some of their clearances using a bicycle kick.
Do You Perform a Bicycle Kick From a Pass or Do You Set It Up Yourself?
You can really do either. Majority of times you see a bike attempted in a game it will be from a cross or chip pass from a teammate. Other times it can be a clearance or broken play but most rarely is if a ball is played into you and you flick it up with any part of your body and set it up yourself. That takes more than a touch of class.
Is There More Than One Type?
Bicycles like passes or shots come in different shapes, styles and forms. A lot of it depending on the service of the ball and the positioning of the player.
Sometimes the ball come straight down, other times horizontally across all the while your body is adjusting to it. When it happens so fast you have little time to react and you may find yourself hitting the ball in a position you’re not use to in the air.
Things to Remember about Bikes:
-The timing has to be just right so be patient
-It is only useful in certain situations so don't think that a bike is going to be used in more than a few select situations
-Brace yourself for impact, sometimes your back or side might crash hard on the pitch
-If you pull it off, consider retiring as you seizure/celebrate with your teammates
-A bike can be pulled off in several different variations so be creative
-No risk no reward, if you see the opportunity go for it, no turning back mid air.
Please don’t spend too much of your time on the training pitch practicing bikes. It’s like a basketball player practicing full court shots all day. Much like bikes they are rare and there are other parts of your game that need a lot more work then the once in a blue moon bicycle kick.
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