Strong & Weak Foot
Before we get into the meat of the article we need to address something, strong and weak foot. As coaches we acknowledge players can have a ‘favoured’ foot but it's important for us in sessions for us not to use the terms strong and weak foot but right and left foot or possible other foot. This is because then it gets in the minds of (especially young) players that they can even have a strong and weak foot rather than just their right and left which should be of equal ability.
Why having two feet is vital to being the best player you can be
Being able to use both feet is crucial to beating defenders and being a defender. If a player obviously favours one foot it makes it clear to a defender which way a player is more likely to go when dribbling. They can then pressure him to go on his ‘weaker’ side making it easy for a defender to either shuffle him away from a dangerous player or make a challenge on him.
Having both feet is vital to shielding and protecting the ball. When your back is to an opposition player you need both feet to be able to control the ball so you can maintain a safe distance between the ball and the opposition player. You can switch control of the ball between feet so when a player tries to slide/sneak a leg around the side of you when shielding you can control on the further foot or make a pass with it.
If a player favours one side more they will often try to stretch their leg into awkward positions to reach/control the ball. For example the player favours their right and the ball is on their left, they will have to run/wrap around the other side of the ball to dribble/control it rather just simply shifting it with their left.
This should be self explanatory but for the sake of it. Using both helps with quickness of thought and actions. It means the ball can be played from more angles and positions by a player and helps execute a play faster because they don't need to consider how they're play a ball awkwardly with their strong foot or consider risking a bad touch with their weaker foot.
All the best,
The Coaches from Casual to Pro
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