A high kick is when a player kicks higher than the waist of the opposing player and the referee deems it a dangerous play.
It is often an abnormal soccer move that many parents question why a violation isn’t called. And, rightfully so, some high kicks are dangerous to opposing players…nearly missing a player’s face.
In our games, there’s usually one or two high kicks but some are legal while others are called as fouls. I’ll address what a high kick is and when it’s considered a violation in a soccer game.
What Is a High Kick in Soccer?
Definition of a High Kick
A high kick in soccer is a maneuver in which a player raises their leg above waist height to make contact with the ball.
The purpose of a high kick is to strike the ball with greater force and accuracy, as well as to gain an advantage over an opponent.
High kicks are commonly used during 50/50 balls, free kicks, and corner kicks. Not all high kicks are created equal. Some are legal but some will get a foul called on you.
Technique and Execution
To execute a high kick in soccer, a player must have good balance, flexibility, and coordination.
The player should approach the ball with their non-kicking foot planted firmly on the ground, and then raise their kicking leg in a controlled manner.
The player should strike the ball with the top of their foot, making contact with the center of the ball for maximum power and accuracy.
Is a High Kick a Penalty in Soccer?
According to most rules in youth soccer leagues, a high kick is legal as long as it is not deemed dangerous.
A high kick is a common foul that occurs when a player raises their foot too high, endangering an opponent. This is up to the discretion of the head referee.
According to the official FIFA Laws of the Game, a high kick is only a foul if it is committed in a careless, reckless, or excessive manner.
If a player raises their foot in a controlled manner, without endangering an opponent, it is not considered a foul.
If the referee believes that a high kick was committed in a careless, reckless, or excessive manner, they may award a direct or indirect free-kick, depending on the location of the foul.
It is important to note that the decision of the referee is final and cannot be disputed. Therefore, players must be careful when executing high kicks and ensure that they do not endanger their opponents.
Body control is important when performing a high kick. In most cases, you don’t have time to think and you just do it. But, be cautious and sometimes it’s better to go in with the body. Whatever you decide to do, make sure it is not a reckless move that could cause danger to your opponent.
Is a High Kick a Red Card?
While a high kick can result in a red card, it is not always the case. The decision to issue a red card for a high kick will depend on a variety of factors, including the height of the kick, the intent of the player, and whether contact was made with an opponent.
If a player uses a high kick in a reckless or dangerous manner (like a drop kick to an opponent’s chest) and makes contact with an opponent, the referee is likely to issue a red card. This is because such a play can cause serious injury and has no place in the game.
However, if a player uses a high kick in a controlled manner and does not make contact with an opponent, the referee may not issue a red card and let the play go on.
By using good judgment and being aware of the rules and regulations of the game, players can avoid unnecessary red cards and play safely and effectively on the field.
Players who are skilled at high kicks can use this technique to score goals from a distance or to pass the ball to their teammates.
However, it is important to note that a high kick can also be risky, as it may result in a loss of control over the ball or an injury to the player’s leg.
To execute a high kick successfully, players need to develop their strength, flexibility, and coordination.
They also need to practice their timing and accuracy to ensure that they hit the ball in the right direction.
By mastering the high kick, players can add an extra dimension to their game and become more versatile on the field.
With all that said, judgment is critical. In the spur of the moment, it’s best to decide if it’s even necessary and, if you think it is, ensure that it’s a controlled kick. Do not go at the ball ninja style!