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The Beckham method: 7 steps to the perfect free-kick

Your days of swing and hope are over.

1. The stance is crucial.

Toes pointed past the ball, right instep aligned to the sweet spot. He knows what he’s at, this lad.

John Buckle / EMPICS.

2. Don’t worry about looking a bit odd on approach.

This where the left hand comes into play saying ‘outta me way, I’ve a free to take!’

Jed Leicester / EMPICS.

3. Plant your standing foot and keep the arm from that side parallel to the pitch.

Meanwhile, your weak foot leans your entire body and your standing foot at a 45 degree angle to give your swinger maximum room to manoeuver.

Diether Endlicher/ PA.

Adam Davy/ EMPICS.

Yeah, that’s the way.

Phil Noble/ PA.

4. Always follow through…

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Keep following through, your swinger should be across your standing leg by this stage.

Jed Leicester / EMPICS.

That’s the one.

Michael Steele / EMPICS.

Lovely stuff.

Neal Simpson / EMPICS.

5. Admire the perfection of the flight.

‘Ya see that one, Giggsy. Hah?’

Peter Wilcock / PA

Martin Rickett / PA

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John Walton / EMPICS.

6. Always make sure you’re available to be photographed celebrating.

Doesn’t matter if you’re celebrating your goal your cross or watching it from full-back, get in between the poachers and the snappers.

BERNAT ARMANGUE/AP/Press Association Images

But don’t be too disheartened if you miss.


Because the most important step is…

7. Practice doing it all over again.

Rebecca Naden / PA

Then one day, when all hope seems lost…

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