Rabona is a football technique, where the kicking is wrapping behind the standing leg. Rabona is translated as playing hooky or skipping school and was derived from Ricardo Infante in his game between Argentinian teams. El Grafico, a Football magazine, has a cover once of a schoolboy Infante, showing off his Rabona moves and was captioned “The infant plays hooky. Another Spanish word where Rabona has derived from the tail, which is “Rabo” in Spanish.

Learning Proper Techniques

Your dominant foot should be the kicking foot, which will be positioned behind your standing foot. Some people might be using different in doing this technique, like correlating their dominant foot to their dominant hand. Whatever part a player is using, he has to make sure that he is using the more comfortable foot to kick, while building up the balance on the other foot. The non-dominant foot should standstill on the ground so it will help the player to set up his entire posture and get ready for the kick.

Proper Positioning for Rabona

The ball should be near the non-dominant foot of about 20 cm. To get a more accurate kick, then the player has to plant his non-dominant foot while facing the ball. If the player is having a difficult time making contacts with the target ball, then his position might either be too close or too far from the ball. Before the player executes the kick, he has to outstretch his arms for balance.

Perfecting the Rabona

Rabona relies on strength and balance, so the player has to strengthen his core muscles. Doing planking and situps will help them maintain these skills and develop them. After workout training, players have to practice the technique often, until the technique is too comfortable to handle. Indeed, it will take them months or years to perfect the move. Once the player has mastered Rabona, he has to try it in motion to gain additional speed.

Different Uses of Rabona

Many players have been using Rabona for defense. For instance, going for a goal using Rabona might confuse the opposing team while you’re technically eyeing to get a shot in the other direction. One technique that can be added is “fake”, where the player has to kick on the other side to defend the ball or take the goal.