Just for Kicks
The main characters (clockwise from left to right), Vida, Freddie, Alexa and Lauren.
Created byAlana Sanko
Developed byWhoopi Goldberg
StarringFrancesca Catalano
Mallory Low
Katija Pevec
Jessica Williams
Jerad Anderson
Theme music composerJohn Coda
Opening theme"Gonna Play Real Hard"
Ending theme"Gonna Play Real Hard"
ComposersJohn Coda
Richard Bowers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producersWhoopi Goldberg
Tom Leonardis
David Brookwell
Sean McNamara
Running time22 minutes
Production companiesBrookwell McNamara Entertainment
Lil' Whoop
Original release
ReleaseApril 9 (2006-04-09) –
August 13, 2006 (2006-08-13)

Just for Kicks is an American comedy series that aired on the Nickelodeon television network as a part of the channel's TEENick television lineup. The series is about a group of girls on a soccer team set in New York City.[1]

Created by Alana Sanko and developed by Whoopi Goldberg,[2] the series was first titled Head to Toe, and then The Power Strikers, but its title was finally changed in 2005 to Just for Kicks. The series premiered in January 2006 on Nickelodeon UK, and in April 2006 on Nickelodeon in the United States.[3] The series is produced by Brookwell McNamara Entertainment. Airing for one season of thirteen episodes, it is also considered to be one of Nickelodeon's most forgotten series, as this show fell to obscurity and was lost for over a decade until May 2, 2016, nearly ten years after its original premiere, when the entire series was uploaded onto YouTube in two parts. Despite this, the show has yet to ever air again on television in over a decade.





No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Meet the Power Strikers"Sean McNamaraPart 1: Alana Sanko
Part 2: Matt Dearborn
April 9, 2006 (2006-04-09)101
Alexa D'Amico, Freddie Costello, Lauren Zelmer and Vida Atwood, four teenage girls from different walks of life, all make the local girls soccer team, the Power Strikers. As teammates, Alexa and Freddie butt heads due to their different social classes in school. Vida stands up to Dana, the team captain. Lauren quickly develops a crush on Alexa's older brother, Chris.
3"The Right Size"Sean McNamaraHilary WinstonApril 16, 2006 (2006-04-16)105
The girls all become self-conscious about their body image: Alexa is concerned with growing hair above her upper lip, Freddie has back acne, Lauren is worried about her breast cup size and Vida is taller than a boy that she has been crushing on.
4"Boys Do Cry"Casey DeStefanoSteve Leff & Jim PattersonApril 23, 2006 (2006-04-23)103
Vida begins dating a boy who she later finds out she beat up back in elementary school. Freddie is too scared to use public restrooms.
5"I'll Cry if I Want To"Gregory HobsonAlana SankoMay 7, 2006 (2006-05-07)110
Vida hosts a slumber party to get the team ready for a game the next day. Vida's plans to eat healthy pasta and watch game film goes out the window, when the team would rather do regular slumber party things like watch television, play Charades and eat pizza. On the way to a costume party dressed in surgical doctor garb, Chris and Evan pretend to be real doctors to impress two older women. The Atwoods plan to surprise their Nana with a visit, but get lost in the road.
6"I Love Lucy"Casey DeStefanoDawn DeKeyserMay 14, 2006 (2006-05-14)106
Freddie becomes jealous when Lauren and her grandma Lucy share similar interests and spend a lot of time together. Vida's little brother Ty develops a huge crush on Alexa.
7"Freudian Kicks"Sean McNamaraBernie AnchetaMay 21, 2006 (2006-05-21)104
Vida accidentally hits Elise in the face with a soccer ball, ruining an upcoming modeling campaign for her, causing Vida to feel guilty. Chris has a major pimple problem and goes to Lauren for help.
8"Sisters Before Misters"David BrookwellHilary WinstonJune 11, 2006 (2006-06-11)107
Alexa's ego gets slighted when a boy chooses to go out with Freddie over her. The Power Strikers are on a losing streak and Coach Moore goes to a self-help guru for help, who Lauren and Vida discover is a fraud.
9"Out of Time"David BrookwellBernie AnchetaJune 18, 2006 (2006-06-18)108
Lauren becomes overwhelmed with all of her extracurricular activities with her mother putting pressure on her to quit soccer. Alexa and Evan secretly plan on giving a birthday present to Chris, with Chris thinking that they are dating.
10"We Aren't Family"David BrookwellSteve Leff & Jim PattersonJuly 9, 2006 (2006-07-09)109
Vida wants Charles to attend more of her games, but when he starts doing so, he becomes another overbearing "stage dad". Chris is working on a film on the Power Strikers to show the team's booster club. However, with encouragement from Evan, Chris plans on embellishing the film with hysterics.
11"Alexa in Charge"David BrookwellBernie Ancheta & Hilary WinstonJuly 16, 2006 (2006-07-16)111
Alexa gets a part-time job at her uncle's Italian restaurant after her dad gets laid off from his job. Marni decides to quit the team and is later promoted to team manager.
12"Waiting for Fleishman"Paul HoenBernie Ancheta & Hilary WinstonJuly 23, 2006 (2006-07-23)112
A talent scout for an Olympic developmental program chooses Vida to join, causing tension between her and Freddie. Alexa and Marni are worried about Coach Moore's romantic relationship interfering with the team's winning streak. Chris asks for Lauren's help to study for an upcoming exam, finally showing reciprocal romantic feelings for her.
13"The Longest Yarn"Paul HoenMatt DearbornAugust 13, 2006 (2006-08-13)113
Lauren and Chris' continued time alone together has Alexa concerned for her friend. Lauren's mother then finds out about the blossoming relationship and has her worried as well. Marni and Vida try to keep Freddie off her feet after she suffers a serious ankle injury.


  1. ^ Morreale, Marie. "Special Reports: Just for Kicks". Scholastic.com. Archived from the original on July 15, 2018. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  2. ^ Rogers, John (April 9, 2006). "TV Preview: Whoopi takes her dream team to play soccer on Nickelodeon". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "La nueva serie de comedia para teens -o TEENick- 'Just for Kicks' - de Nickelodeon comenzará con un programa especial de una hora el 9 de abril (7–8 p.m. ET/PT)". Business Wire. March 2, 2006. Retrieved July 15, 2018.