A step by step breakdown on the Van Persie free kick by @LouisLancs
Know your players! If someone else was on the ball he may not have made the run. As it would Rooney, he knows he has the ability to deliver
-RVP recognises the space in behind.
-He attempts to lose or escape from his marker to create space.
-Notice as the ball is being struck from Rooney, RVP is not even looking. This is a great opportunity to escape from defenders.
-He moves along the long the back line to avoid being caught offside.
Asses the flight
-Where will it land?
-Is it driven, lofted (flight path)?
-Is it swerving with inswing or outswing?
-Has it got undercut?
-All this information helps RVP rearrange his feet.
Make a decision
-Where is the defender?
-Where is the goal?
-Where is the goal keeper?
-What part of the foot?
-How can I score?
-Do I bring it down then shoot or volley?
-Have I got support around me.
The best players have the ability to change their decision at the last split second.
-Hands out for balance and to fight off nearby defenders.
-Standing foot firmly planted for stability.
-Eyes constantly on the ball especially as it come over his shoulder.
-Contact must be clean (centre of the ball)
-Left foot is pointing in the direction he intends the ball to travel.
-Left foot is also pointing down to keep the ball down.
-Follow through to maximise power