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# How To Kick A Soccer Ball High

By: Cindy Hannikman

Break Studios Contributing Writer

Want to show of your soccer kicking skills by learning how to kick a soccer ball high? One of the most awe inspiring elements of soccer is the height that a kicked soccer ball can get. Since soccer is a sport that requires the use of only the players feet, it can be very impressive how high a ball can really go with just the use of a foot. The height that the soccer ball gets from a kick depends upon the proper technique, ball weight and speed of the ball. Here are some tips to ensuring that the conditions are right to achieving that high soccer ball kick.

Equipment needed:

• Soccer ball
• air pressure gauge (recommended but not necessary)
1. Pump the Soccer Ball to the Right Pressure. A high kick will only be achieved if the soccer ball has the right amount of air pressure within the ball. Too much pressure and the ball won't go high because there is too much pressure. Too little pressure results in not enough ball pressure to create a higher kick. Most soccer balls are inflated to an air pressure of six to eight pounds. This can be measured using the air pressure gauge.
2. Kick the ball on the right part of the foot. Where the ball hits the foot is very important to making the soccer ball go higher. Try to get the foot directly underneath the soccer ball. This will provide maximum motion on the soccer ball to make it go up higher. Kicking the ball directly on top of the foot will provide the highest soccer kick potential. Imagine the ball landing directly where the laces of the soccer shoes are.
3. Kick with the foot at the right angle. The angle of the foot is an important element to getting height to any soccer ball kick. The optimum foot angel is creating a 0-45 degree angle from the ground. This gives the ball the direction to move upwards as opposed to down or over. If the foot is facing down to the ground the direction of the ball will be that direction, while if the foot is overly angled it will cause the ball to go off to the side or into the players face.
4. Practice leg strengthening exercises. The power that the ball gets will come from the strength of the kick. Stronger kicks come from stronger legs. Practice keeping up the leg strength so that when the soccer ball is kicked, it is kicked with power. There are many leg strengthening exercises that can be done inside and out of the gym.
Posted on: Jul. 26, 2010