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gorak7

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Any ideas on how to do this? Thanks.
whefner

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I was searching the net and didn't find anything on this, so I would be interested also.
JeffB

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I just built one for my back yard. I used (9) 8 foot long 2x8's for the horizontals and (5) 2x4's for the verticals. All wood pressure treated. 2x4's cut to length (68 inches) and laid out at 2 foot spacing. Diagonals measured to make them square. 2x8's laid across the 2x4's and attached using 2.5 inch long deck screws, starting from the bottom. After the first few 2x8's were attached I flipped the whole thing over and attached (3) 3 foot long 2x4's at a 90 degree angle to run along the ground behind the wall and anchor it. Then I stood the whole thing upright and finished attaching the 2x8's. More 2x4's were cut to make diagonal struts to run from the top of the wall to the end of the lumber running along the ground. To anchor it I used two 'Earth Anchors' which screw into the ground, and ran a bolt through the eye of the Earth anchor and through the outer 2x4's that run along the ground. Earth Anchors are available online or you can buy them at big hardware stores as part of a kit to anchor a shed or other small building.

The wall is very solid and rebounds nicely. It does not seem to move at all, probably because its amazingly heavy. The Earth Anchors so far seem adequate. After a few months I'll treat it with deck preservative.

Another way to do this would be to use 4x4's for the verticals, set into concrete in a hole in the ground. This method is described here: Kick wall construction This would be a little nicer, and you wouldn't have the wood sticking out behind it. I didn't want such a permanent installation, however.

For us 8' long seems to be long enough, forcing more accuracy in kicking than a bigger wall, and the height (almost 6') is plenty. If I expected to have a bunch of kids out there playing I might have made it 10 or 12' long.

On previous forums Bob Christensen has argued that this is ridiculous overkill, and a picnic bench or table is all that is needed. I'm sure that he's right, but it was fun to build it and we're having a good time playing a very restrained version of slam.
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Why do you need one is the question. Can't you practice set pieces/free kicks without a fake wall? I wonder how many times players and coaches from lucrative clubs actually use their expensive artificial walls.

The pros usually get a supply of balls and strike them from different distances and angles. They know from experience where and how high the wall is in their minds. Plus, they can move around a lot quicker and practice on their own without having to move the wall every time.

Trust me. My teams would probably like to have one too, but it just doesn't seem necessary when there are so many more important things occupying the budget. It's great that you're wanting to build one instead of buying one; but I'd still question how much you'd actually use it once it is built.
JeffB

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Brian, its not for set pieces or to simulate a defensive wall. You use it as a rebounder to develop touch and kicking ability. There's another thread going on right now 'ball and a wall games' which will give you some examples.
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Kicking walls are great! They attract kids like flies to honey.

Are club is about to have one built and I believe it's going to be concrete, a bit wider and taller than a regulation goal. That way we can paint the outline of a goal on it as a reference. How to build it, I'll leave up to the contractors! I'd end up in a pile of rubble.

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blast from the past-I am a visual learner-anyone have another link to building a wall the other link seems to be broken

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Kicking walls are great! They attract kids like flies to honey.
















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