Football Language: Scorpion Kick
A scorpion is from the same family as a spider (arachnids) and attacks its prey by using a sting in its tail. A scorpion kick is a type of backward or reverse bicycle kick or scissors kick. To volley the ball in football is a very difficult skill as a player needs to have good technique and ability to strike or hit the ball when it is in the air. In football if a player manages to volley the ball when the ball is behind him or her some people call this a scorpion kick – the player ‘dives forward’ in the air and raises his feet behind him/her to volley the ball. There is a little bit of luck involved with this movement as the player is unable to see the ball but instead hopes that his/her technique will guide the ball in roughly or approximately the right direction.
- Example: Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud scored with a type of a scorpion kick against Crystal Palace on New Year’s Day 2017.
- Example: Wikipedia’s page on the scorpion kick