Right foot, left foot… why not both feet?

I’m not bragging when I tell you my Under 9 team scores lots of goals – they do but that’s down to their hard work on the training pitch. And that is not to say they are all perfectly formed with a good shot on the player’s favoured foot. As coaches we know all too well the skirmishes and pin ball machine chaos that happens in the penalty area in most matches.

More often than not one of my players will score a goal because they can use their less favoured foot to guide the ball into the net. It isn’t always easy to coach players to use their less favoured foot – I’ve seen players contort their bodies into incredible shapes so they can try to use their favoured foot to get a shot on target. More often than not they miss.

So to get players using both feet is an important part of coaching. Which is what my Under 9 players do when they practice shooting. It doesn’t need to be a hard shot, close to goal players can guide the ball into the net.

Here are my favourite sessions to help you to coach your players to be comfortable in front of the goal with both feet.

Start with this simple Practice Plan Pass and control with both feet. If your players can be comfortable passing and receiving the ball with both feet they will have more options and be less predictable to play against.

For younger players a great fun game is Best foot forward. By restricting players to zones it encourages them to pass the ball and to use their weaker foot when they are able to.

To get older players to be clinical in front of goal One touch both feet replicates the kind of movement attackers make during matches as they try to create space for a shot at goal. It works on first-time shooting with both feet to sharpen even the dullest striker in front of goal.

For more advanced players of all ages Deadly with both feet encourages players to use the foot nearest goal to shoot. Running with the ball into positions to shoot requires a good deal of skill and hitting the ball at the right moment. This session gives players a good run out dribbling and shooting with both feet.

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