Content: Single scissor kick - powerful movement to defuse situations before it comes to a shot
Single scissor kick
A successful goalie not only has to react to save the ball, but he also has to act and defuses the situation before it comes to a shot. In this post, we want to explain the single scissor kick. It is a very efficient tool to immediately take the ball away from the striker. The name of the movement refers to the position of the legs, as once you’ve kicked the ball it looks like an open scissor.
Be aware that you need to do this movement clean by touching the ball first, before touching the blade of the stick or the player. If you don’t hit the ball first, but you do hit the player or his stick (blade), the referee can read this move as tackling leading to a 2-min penalty for you as goalie.
How to do it?
The striker is running towards the goal, creating the short angle on the right side (goalie view), aiming to pass by you to strike.
You realise that the striker is so close to you, enabling you to kick the ball out of the blade.
Put your right hand on the floor in front of your knee
Lift up the left knee a bit to create space for your right leg to scissor out
Position your body weight on your right hand and the left foot – this ensures that you are in balance during the kick and always able to react if something unpredicted happens
Now scissor out the right leg – stretch it and kick the ball out of the blade of the striker
Consider that you do not want to punch the ball from the front as it is very easy for the striker to pull the ball back
Your aim is to do a side kick on the ball, to move the ball to the side
Place your left hand right above your left leg to cover additional space of the goal. This makes it more difficult for the striker to loop the ball over you.
After the kick you are sitting down, which is a very inflexible position and makes a rebound shot very dangerous. Therefore, reverse your movement to get back in starting position.
Pull your right leg back and go back in the start position
Use your right hand on the floor to push yourself back up
This movement is good to surprise the striker. We recommend you to use this movement if the striker is very focused on the ball, or actively looking for the pass, and does not observe your movements. However, if the striker has the focus on you, it is very risky to use this kick as he can easily pull the ball backwards and beat you, as you are out of position. We advice you to try this often in your training. Please share with us your experience with this movement.