The Physics of Soccer (Football) Banana Kicks

Football Physics: The “Impossible” Free Kick is a new TED-Ed lesson that illustrates and explains how soccer players make the ball curve when they kick it on a free kick or a corner kick. The video also explains how the forces that make a soccer ball curve can also make a thrown baseball curve. The video also answers the question of whether or not it would be possible to make a ball boomerang back to you. The video is embedded below. The full lesson can be seen here.

The release of this lesson is timed well with the FIFA Women’s World Cup that some of your students may be following.


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