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Soccer coaching tip for the swerve shot
One good technique to teach your players is the swerve shot because it is easier than a lot of the other and is very useful for your players because they can run and practise shooting – if it goes straight they should try again and again until they are making a good attempt at it.
Swerving the ball using the inside of the foot is easier than with the outside. But learning this rarely used skill with the outside of the foot will give players the option of using the same foot to bend shots either side of their opponents.
How to do it
- Have a straight approach.
- Place the non-kicking foot alongside, but slightly behind the ball.
- Have the kicking foot pointed down diagonally towards the inside, with the ankle locked.
- Use the outside of the instep and strike the inside of the ball (the side nearest the player).
- The kicking foot moves across the body.
- Follow through.
How to set it up
- Use a penalty area at one end of a pitch.
- Three servers are spaced equally across the penalty area between the six and 18-yard areas.
- Place three disc cones/markers, equally spaced outside the penalty area.
- Use three ball boys behind the goal to return balls to the servers.
How to play it
Starting from the right, players line up at the first disc cone. The first player receives a pass from the server. He then attempts to swerve the ball around the server before moving to the next cone and repeating.
Players have an attempt at each disc cone/marker before rejoining the back of the line.
Repeat two or three times before rotating the ball boys, servers and shooters. Repeat the entire drill from the opposite side of the pitch, with players using their other foot to shoot.
Play 4v4 in area 40 yards long by 25 yards wide with a mini goal at each end. Teams are awarded extra points for scoring goals with the outside of the foot.