A volley is a term in football that is used to describe an air-borne strike. It denotes hitting the ball while it is in the air.
A volley is of three types: the drill, the volley and the bicycle kick.
The drill implies a close distance volley from corner kicks and free-kicks. It involves a strong spin and a very high speed.
The volley is employed to hit the ball from a distance of 15 to 30 metres from goal. It involves considerable power and curl.
The bicycle kick is a piece of top draw football quality and is an extremely difficult trick to pull off. With the ball in the air, the footballer jumps backwards after having turned away from goal. He does a scissor kick and hits the ball as hard as he can.