How to Make a Homemade Kicking Tee

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How to Make a Homemade Kicking Tee
Give your ball a lift for easier kicking. (soccer ball image by Jakub Cejpek from

"Look Mom, no hands," a phrase that sends shivers up your spine when your child is learning to ride a bike, does not have the same connotation on the soccer field where foot-only play is expected. Drive longer distances, shoot more effectively and clear the ball with power by perfecting your kick through practice. Practice on a soccer ball with a little extra lift by using a homemade kicking tee. Place the ball above the ground for easier striking with the inside, outside, instep or even the heel without interference from the ground.

Skill level:

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Things you need

  • Plastic disposable cup
  • Ruler
  • Blade craft knife

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  1. 1

    Cut 3 inches off the top of a cup. Discard the bottom part of the cup.

    How to Make a Homemade Kicking Tee
    Rigid disposable cups hold the weight of a ball. (party picnic and celebration disposable red plastic cups image by Steve Johnson from
  2. 2

    Flip the top of the cup so the wider opening with the finished edge is on the ground.

  3. 3

    Place a ball on top of the cup.

    How to Make a Homemade Kicking Tee
    Place the ball on a tee for kicking practice. (soccer ball image by jimcox40 from
  4. 4

    Continue cutting the cup as your game improves, lowering the height of the ball.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a disposable cup that is rigid and won't collapse under the weight of the ball.
  • To adapt the design for a football, cut a slit in the ring so it can be separated. Stand the football up inside the tee with the slit opening in front where your foot makes contact with the ball on a kick.

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