5 Tips On How To Improve Your Weak Foot In Soccer (Plus Drills)

Improve weak foot banner

The truth is that no coach will want to field a player that only kicks with one foot unless he is out of options. Such a soccer player normally spends more time on the bench than playing on the field. If this is you, do not be discouraged because this post is giving you 5 tips on how to improve your weak foot in soccer.

The earlier you started the better you can master the skill and use your weak foot as second nature.


Table Of Content


In an effort to be completely transparent, I want to let you know that I have an affiliate relationship with some of the companies whose products or services I recommend. This means that I will earn a commission or credit if you decide to buy any of their products or services


 

 

Helpful Tips…

The following are some helpful and important tips to keep in mind when practicing:

  1. Always include a practice plan that will help you see your progress. That means writing down your target number of kicks so that when the drills become easier you can increase your target.
  2. Employing the correct technique is more important than trying to complete the drills
  3. Only practice with the weak foot and less with the strong foot
  4. Practice makes perfect because it develops muscle memory
  5. Always warm-up, stretch, then warm down after training

5 Tips On How To Improve Your Weak Foot In Soccer


 

1. Juggling

Soccer player juggling
Soccer player juggling

 

Juggling is an overall great training improving the weak foot, for balance, coordination, and warm-ups.

If you are a beginner, you can follow the simple drills below and gradually make it more challenging:

Drill 1: Keepy Uppy

Kicking Target: 100 kicks per session

  1. Throw up the ball and let it drop in front of your weak foot
  2. *Without letting it bouncing on the ground, you kick the ball up with the lace of your weak foot and the ball should bounce up vertically.
  3. Catch the ball.
  4. Repeat until you reach 100 kicks

*Optional: On step 2, you can let the ball bounce on the ground then kick the ball up with the lace of your weak foot

Try These Tips…

  1. Kick with the lace of the foot
  2. Kick the ball up vertically
  3. You can use your strong foot once in a while

Variations:

After doing the drill for sometimes you will find it a bit easier.

  1. Instead of catching the ball, let it drop so you can kick it back up again
  2. Do not let the ball bounce on the ground
  3. Increase the kicking target after 2 or 3 sessions

If you are not a beginner but someone who already played soccer, your weak foot will already have some power and only need to build on it.

You can concentrate on variations 1, 2, and 3 described above.

Below is a demonstration of juggling.

via GIPHY

 

 


2.Wall Passing

Wall passing drills are great for training the weak foot because you will have more contact with the ball than other training.

This is because when you kick the ball against the wall it will return back to you to kick it again in a continuous cycle.

The 3 drills below are for the left foot but you can use it for the right foot as well.

 

Drill 1: Inside Left 1 Touch

Kicking Target: 100 kicks per drill

  1. Stand facing the wall and pass the ball with the inside of the left foot
  2. When the ball returns pass it back to the wall with the inside of the left foot
  3. Repeat Step 1

Do not pause the ball.

2. inside left 1 touch

Drill 2: Inside Left 2 Touch

Kicking Target: 100 kicks per drill

  1. Pass the ball with the inside of the left foot.
  2. When the ball returns, stop it with the inside of the left foot
  3. Repeat step 1

5. inside left 2 touches

 

Drill 3: Lace Left

  1. Pass the ball straight to the wall with the left lace
  2. When the ball returns pass it back to the wall
  3. Repeat

Do not pause the ball.

10. Lace Left

Try These Tips…

  1. For accuracy, mark a spot on the wall you will try to hit when passing and kicking with your weak foot.
  2. You can try a lob or chip pass to the wall and let it fly back to you, trap it with your weak foot, then lob it back.
  3. Try and set a rhythm so that you can time the ball and kick it at the right time.

Check out my 11 Soccer Wall Passing Drills for beginners that clearly outlines various drills that also emphasize training the left and right foot separately.

 

 


3. Dribbling

Dribbling helps the weak foot with controlling the ball.

If you are a beginner, the easiest way to start is to walk around kicking the ball with the weak foot.

Do not kick too hard, just hard enough to move the ball ahead and you can reach it in 1 step.

Here are some simple drills:

Drill 1: Walk & Dribble

Kicking Target: 100 kicks per drill

  1. Place the ball in front of the weak foot and gently kick it forward with the inside of the foot. Just far enough to reach within 1 step
  2. *Step forward with your strong foot and gently kick the ball forward again.
  3. Repeat step 2 until you kick the 100 time

*You can walk in a straight line when dribbling or in a circle. The main thing is to control the ball to where you want to go.

Variations:

When drill 1 becomes easier you can add these variations.

  1. Run while dribbling the ball with the weak foot
  2. Line up cones (equally spaced) then dribble in and out of it. It is called cone weaving.
  3. Inside foot-outside foot. Start by gently kicking with the inside of the foot, step forward, then kick with the outside of the foot, repeat.

cone weaving

 

You can check my guide 12 Simple Soccer Drills For 4, 5, 6, & 7-Year-Old and use only the weak foot for the drills

 

 


4. Shooting

A young soccer player
A young player about to strike the ball

Shooting is when you kick the ball with power behind it with the intention to score a goal.

You should attempt shooting practice after you spend a good amount of time doing juggling, wall passing, and dribbling.

By then your weak foot has developed muscle memory and your confidence has grown. All you need now is to add power and accuracy to your shots.

For maximum power in your shots, you should use the lace of your weak foot. See the photo below that indicates the lace area.

Lace area for instep kick
Lace area for instep kick

Here is an extract from my post on How To Kick A Soccer Ball + Beginner’s Drills for beginners:

Drill 1: Instep Kick (Lace)

Kicking Target: 100 kicks per session

A lot of kicks in soccer are variations of the instep kick so it is important that your kid learn this skill at a young age.

This kick accounts for the most strikes at goal, corner kicks, penalty kicks, and free kicks.

Here is how you show your kid on how to do the kick:

  1. Stand in front of the ball
  2. Take a step backward
  3. Take a step forward with your none-kicking foot
  4. As you bring your kicking foot,
  5. Lock your toe pointing to the ground
  6. Strike the ball in the center with the laces of your soccer shoe.
  7. Repeat

 

 


5. Scrimmage

scrimmage
A young “Messi” in action

After building your confidence you can try playing in a scrimmage.

Scrimmage provides a real-game situation where you can be forced to use the weak foot.

However, it is best to let your friends know that you are practicing your weak foot because they will be more forgiving.

Try these tips…

  1. Instead of waiting for the opportunity to come your way, you can decide to play with your weak foot the entire game.
  2. Select a position that will force you to use your weak foot. For example, if your weak foot is the left then you should play on the left side of the field as a left-back defender or left-winger. That way, most of your teammates are either at the front or on your right side and you have to use your left foot.

If you are at home, you can involve family members

 

 


Best Gear For Training Weak Foot

 

1. Solo Kick Trainer

Surpop solo kick trainer

2. Sense Ball

Senseball

3. Kick-It

Kickit

 

4. Soccer Rebounder

PodiuMax Upgraded Portable Soccer Trainer

 

 


Conclusion

If you follow these 5 tips I can assure you that you will develop power and accuracy in your weak foot.

The result is that it will boost your confidence on the field and you will be a complete player.

Not to mention that you will not be sitting on the bench as often as before.

Enjoy soccer and be safe.

 

Check out 13 Best Soccer Training Equipment For Kids 2020

Images

Photo by Desiray Green on Unsplash

Image by mokhtar akel from Pixabay

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *