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Kicking is a skill used in many types of football, including:
- Association football
- Australian rules football
- International rules football
- American football
- Canadian football
- Gaelic football
- Rugby league
- Rugby union
Kicking is the act of propelling a ball by striking it with the foot or, depending upon the sport, the shin. Kicking is most common in Association Football, where only the two goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands. It is also the primary method of transferring the ball in Australian rules football and Gaelic football. Whereas most sports allow points to be scored by methods other than kicking, in Australian rules football kicking for goal is the only method allowed to score a goal and get the maximum six point score. Kicking is used less frequently in Rugby League, Rugby Union, American football, and Canadian football, and may be restricted to specialist positions, but it is still an important tactical skill in each sport.
List of common kicking styles
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The range of kicking styles available is typically influenced by the shape of the ball and the rules (whether hands can be used to carry or pick up the ball).
|Football code||Off the ground||Grubber kick||Bomb||Drop kick||Drop punt||Punt||Torpedo punt||Checkside punt||Bicycle kick||Place kick||Dribbling|
|Gridiron (US & Canadian variations) ||No||No||No||Rare||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||Dropped||No|
- kicking out by goalkeeper only
- Place kicks in association football are the corner kick, free kick, goal kick, kick-off and penalty kick.
- once used frequently but now extremely rare
- Rare at professional level
- has happened but extremely rare, especially at professional level
- Specialist Positions Only
- Not allowed for goal attempts