A common problem that many developing soccer players have is that they simply do not have any confidence in their weaker feet. It can be very frustrating as a player because you feel like you are limited in what you can do on the soccer field.
Most soccer players take a little extra time to get used to using their off-feet, so it should not discourage you if it isn’t coming naturally. Use the tips below to up your chances of getting the ball to go where you need it to go with your weak foot.
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Weak Foot Dribbling
Before you can move on to passing and shooting with your weak foot, you have to learn how to dribble correctly with both feet. You will find that learning to pass and shoot with your off-foot comes a lot easier once you have mastered alternating feet while dribbling.
The easiest way to get used to dribbling with your off-foot is to do short zig zag movements and try to keep the ball as close to you as possible. No matter what, you have to alternate which foot keeps the ball moving. This will slowly teach your body and brain to use your weak foot when it is needed.
When you’re working on your weak foot dribbling, don’t just use the inside of your feet. You want to be able to use every part of your foot in real games, so that’s what you need to practice. If you’re having trouble getting accurate touches with the outside of your off-foot, then work on turning with the ball to that side until you get more comfortable.
Weak Foot Passing
Soccer players simply have to learn how to pass with their weaker feet if they want to become well-rounded players. You often can’t make certain passes with your strong foot, so you will have to develop your off-foot skills so you can instinctively make the passes that you need to.
Obviously you have to work on repeating your kicking motion when you’re developing your weak foot, but you have to do it the right way. One of the easiest ways to speed up the process is to pay more attention to where you want the ball to go rather than how you are going to kick the ball. Start with short passes, and then extend those passes as you get more comfortable.
Another way to speed up your development is to trap the ball with your weak foot when the ball is passed to you. Find someone to practice your off-foot passing with and have them pass it back on your off-foot side. The more your do with your weak foot, the more confident you will be with using it.
Weak Foot Shooting
If you want to develop your finishing skills, you simply have to learn how to shoot with your weak foot. You can’t expect to develop an off-foot shot quickly, so you have to be very patient with it.
As with passing, the best way to start working on your weak foot shooting is to start close to goal and move back as you get more comfortable. Power will come over time, so you should focus on your accuracy until you have mastered your footwork.
A great way to start working on your off-foot shooting is to have someone pass the ball to you so you can shoot it with your weak foot. Hitting a moving ball is tough at first, but it will make other shots a lot easier.
Putting It All Together
The only way that you are going to get comfortable using your off-foot is if you continue to practice using it. Don’t get discouraged when you go an entire practice without making much progress; the practice is working even if you aren’t seeing the results immediately.
All of the hard work that you put into working on your weak foot will pay off in more ways than you can imagine. You’ll be more confident no matter where you are on the soccer field, and you will bring a new unpredictability to your game.
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