There is proper science behind it – the Magnus Effect – but learning the skill can be broken down into five clear steps: the aim, the focus, the run-up, the striking action and the follow-through.
Your decision will depend on where the free-kick is, where the goalkeeper is standing and how the defensive wall is placed. Take a breath, take your time and be certain of your target.
Shut out all the distractions and get the OK from the referee (you don’t want to score only to be told that it doesn’t count). Keep your head steady and eyes on the ball, and remember your technique.
As for the length of your run-up, as a rule of thumb, the closer you are to the penalty area, the shorter it should be. Around the edge, a few steps may be enough. But if the free-kick is further out, you probably need to give yourself more.
Strike the ball with the front part of the inside of your foot. Lock your ankle and point your toes upward and include your hip in the movement. Hit the ball just below the centre in the bottom half and slightly on the side (this will give the shot spin)