A soccer kick, also known as a soccer ball kick (Japanese: サッカーボールキック) especially in puroresu and shoot fighting, is a reference to a kick that is similar to kicks used in association football. It is the colloquial term for a kick performed against a prone, kneeling, rising or supine opponent by a fighter who is in a standing or semi-standing position, specifically to the head of the downed opponent.
In Mixed Martial Arts
Although soccer kick is a foul when delivered to the head in the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts which prevail in America, the technique was commonly employed in Pride Fighting Championships where it often spelled an imminent end to the contest by (t)ko, owing to the effectiveness of the technique. Notable practitioners of the soccer kick were fighters Wanderlei Silva and Mauricio Rua both of the Chute Boxe Academy, a famous mixed martial arts gym.