How to make a clearance in football: 14 steps (with pictures)

How to make a clearance in football: 14 steps (with pictures)
How to make a clearance in football: 14 steps (with pictures)

Relief is the first step in an attack. If you've just made an incredible save, you want to kick your team forward well. You can learn scoring techniques and tips if you want to put the odds on your team's side.


Part 1 of 2: master the basics

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 1

Step 1. Do not untap unless you are a keeper

The only player on the field who picks up the ball to clear it is the goalkeeper. In football, there is no other situation where a player can pick up the ball by hand to clear it by the foot.

You must take a clearance from your penalty area. Once the ball is in your hands, you can take a relief from anywhere in your penalty area. If you want to get out of your penalty area, you have to put the ball on the ground

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 2

Step 2. Hold the ball at waist level

After picking up the ball, hold it in your hands at your waist. It is usually easier to clear if your ball is initially at waist level. You should extend your arms straight out in front of you, with the ball in your hands.

  • You will see goalies holding the ball with one hand, and even goalkeepers juggling before clearing. Do nothing of the sort, hold the ball firmly with both hands. Don't get excited. Just keep the ball in your hands.
  • The release itself is quick, which means you have to do a lot of moves simultaneously. Most goalkeepers will take the ball in one hand as they step forward before dropping it towards their foot in one smooth motion. Practice quickly doing these gestures until you are comfortable.
Punt a Soccer Ball Step 3

Step 3. Take your first step with your right foot (the one you are going to strike with)

Use your good foot to clear the ball. So, if you are right handed, your first step should be taken with your right foot.

Some guards take several steps, but two are enough. One step forward and one step of support are enough. Then lift your good foot and kick the ball. Do different sequences to see what looks best on you

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 4

Step 4. Put down your supporting foot

Shift your weight to your wrong foot and plant it firmly in the ground. This will give you a fulcrum to turn around when releasing. Your two preparation steps should be followed quickly and be rather large, as if you were about to start sprinting. This will put more power into your clearance.

When you plant your supporting foot in the ground, extend the other leg behind you. You're going to swing it forward to kick the ball

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 5

Step 5. Bring your good foot forward

When you plant your supporting foot on the ground, imagine that your good foot is attached to the ball by a magnet. Rotate your hips so that your good leg is perpendicular to the floor. Swing that leg and kick the ball. Always keep your eyes on the ball and stay focused.

  • The strike should draw its strength from your hip. Imagine that your good leg is a bat with which you are going to hit the ball in its descent.
  • Rather than shooting straight ahead, most football players prefer to finish their relief by crossing their legs. It also depends on what you are aiming for and what seems easiest to you. Practice aiming the ball in the direction you want to go first. Don't waste time trying to do the “perfect” gesture.
Punt a Soccer Ball Step 6

Step 6. Let go of the ball

Just before you lift and swing your good foot, remember to let go of the ball straight in front of you. Just drop it. Never throw the ball in the air or in front of you. Let the timing of the sequence lead you to typing naturally. Don't get caught up in throwing the ball in one direction or another. Your chances of missing the ball increase dramatically if you throw it. Let go and let gravity do its job.

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 7

Step 7. Point your toe up after hitting the ball

As you swing your leg to kick the ball, point your toes forward. The ball should contact the top of your foot at the laces. Once you've hit the ball, point your foot upward, creating a right angle with your shin, as if you were standing normally. This will put more height and reach to your clearance.

Never try to hit the ball with your inside foot or with your toes. All you'll get is totally unpredictable clearance

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 8

Step 8. Finish your movement

Once you're done, your foot should go straight in the direction you kicked the ball. This should lift you off the ground a bit. You don't necessarily have to take off, but make sure you put your whole body into the strike to avoid over-pulling your legs which can cause injury. Land gently on your supporting leg, then immediately return to your role as a keeper.

Part 2 of 2: Clear

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 9

Step 1. Clear quickly after your stop

Ideally, relief should be the perfect transition from a defensive phase to an attacking phase. If you made a big save, consider relaunching your team on the offensive by targeting one of your teammates. Look up and look for teammates and spaces where your players can attack with the ball.

You have to do it fast, but not too fast. Wait until the opposing team is out of your penalty area and create enough space for yourself to make a good clearance. The opposing team should be moving back to defense and your teammates should be rushing towards the opposing goals

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 10

Step 2. Put the ball in the spaces

Do not release at random, it very often amounts to returning the ball to the opposing team. Aim for empty spaces where your teammates can advance with the ball. Use the moment of confusion after your stop to position yourself well and send the ball in the right direction. If you do it right, you can be sure of hitting your target unless an opponent manages to intercept it.

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 11

Step 3. Do not clear too high in the air

Tell yourself that your relief is the first pass of an offensive action. Don't throw a candle straight ahead just because it's fun to do. Make it something useful. The goal of the game is still to put the ball in the opposing goals. For your field players, it will always be more difficult to control a ball that comes from above. So try to make long, precise clearances.

If you have a tendency to throw too high, consider hitting the ball a little later when you take the punt. Most goalkeepers wait until the ball is just above the ground before hitting it. Try to release the ball a little earlier to get the timing right

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 12

Step 4. Work on your effects

A great way to make unpredictable clearances is to do them with a little spin. Thus, the ball takes a good trajectory and bounces less when it hits the ground. Add spin by putting your toe up as soon as you touch the ball, creating a right angle with your shin. If you clear this way, it will be much easier for your teammates to control the ball when they receive it.

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 13

Step 5. Do not back off systematically

Instead of clearing, you can also make a short pass to one of your teammates as soon as the opposing team has left your penalty area. You can also hand untap towards the attack. This is often faster, but less effective in getting the ball back into play. If the defenders of the opposing team are very advanced, you risk returning the ball to them with a kick clearance. In these cases, it is more useful to make a short pass to one of your defenders and thus restart the game.

Goalies can also put the ball on the ground and clear it from there, like a free kick. If you do this, make sure all the opponents are gone, otherwise they can charge you and get the ball back, which in your position is like taking a goal

Punt a Soccer Ball Step 14

Step 6. Stretch your adductors

Since you are going to fully extend the leg on your good foot, it is essential to stretch your adductors well before making any releases. Never release “cold”. You should also always finish your movements to avoid hurting your adductors.


  • Whatever your instructions, be sure to clear out soon enough. If you put in too long, the opponents will have time to get back and therefore more likely to recover the ball.
  • Goalies do not have to take relief in this manner, but it is the most effective method of giving range to relief. You can also throw the ball by hand.
  • You will have to practice a lot, both on your own and during training, to fully control the clearance.
  • To hit as far as possible, do not hesitate to go to the limit of your penalty area. However, be careful not to cross the line!


  • If you hit the ball badly, it can go very low or not go very far, which immediately creates a goal situation for your opponents.
  • If you're not careful where you are directing your foot, the ball can even fly over your head and end up in your goals!

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