How to Become a Two Footed Soccer player

How to Become a Two Footed Soccer player

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How to Become a Two Footed Soccer player

Soccer is a sport played with your feet. Unfortunately, however, just like with your hands, you are more likely to have one foot that is much better and easier to use than the other—making it your dominant foot. Players tend to ignore the weaker foot—the non-dominant one—and simply try to adjust their game as much as possible to just use their stronger foot.


Although you might not think of it as such a big deal, if you are too dependent on just one foot, it can expose a major weakness in your game and can translate into much larger problems later on.


While you're playing, it’s inevitable that you're going to run into situations where you are going to be using your weaker or non-dominant foot—whether it’s shooting, passing or clearing the ball out at the last second.


Bottom line: Being able to play with both feet is a crucial and incomparable part of your game that you should develop more to become a better player.


Performing these simple three drills with both feet (especially your weaker one) will help you improve your touches, control, and balance.


  1. Keeping It Up

Whether you're good at juggling with your dominant foot or not, you can always find the time to practice with your weaker foot, as well. Make sure you have enough open space around and practice juggling with your non-dominant foot. Throw the ball in the air about waist-high and let it bounce once if you are just getting started—if not—no bounce. As it is coming back down, use your laces to slightly kick it back upwards. You can alternate feet or primarily focus on one foot.


  1. One-on-One Time With the Ball

Honing in on those dribbling schools with your non-dominant foot is extremely important. Using your outstep and instep, practice the same type of dribbling you do with your dominant foot with your non-dominant foot. After a while, it should feel less uncomfortable and more fluid.


  1. Using Your Weaker Foot for Everything

Whether you are trapping the ball or passing it, you should be able to do so with both feet equally.


Being able to trap with your weaker foot is extremely important because you can’t dictate where the ball is going to go when it comes your way—so you have to adjust and be able to do so with both feet! An easy way to train for trapping is to throw the ball up in the air or against the wall and trap it as it comes back down.


Being able to pass with your weaker foot is also crucial and the best part is—you can practice it on your own! Just by passing with a wall, you can eliminate the need for a partner, making training your weaker foot in passing much easier. Pass using one-touch, two-touches, and three-touches.


With these three exercises, you can easily learn how to use your non-dominant foot and turn your weakness into a strength!



Written By: Adriana Rodrigues is a professional soccer player and a coach. She has over twenty years of experience in soccer after having played in a Division 1 University and has represented two national teams, both Brazil and Portugal.

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