What is Bending Ball?
Bending Ball meaning (Also called a “bender”, formerly “banana kick”) – A bending ball is a ball that is kicked on the side that causes it to spin left, right or down. A bending ball can be used to curve around a wall, away from a goalkeeper, or if struck properly, to fly up and dip downward very quickly. A bending ball can used to swing (bend) towards running players (teammates) who will try to head, shoot or otherwise control a ball.
reference: NC Youth Soccer: Soccer Glossary. Words and terms of the game