In football (soccer), being too dependent on a single stronger foot can be a major weakness, especially in situations that would require you to make use of your weaker foot, be it a shooting chance or a last gasp clearance. If you need to improve on your weaker foot quickly, then you might want to practice these soccer drills every day (or at least once every 2 days) for about a month and hopefully you’ll achieve the results. By then, your weaker foot should be able to cope with most high intensity soccer drills like shooting, passing, dribbling etc.
These soccer drills aim to improve on your touches, control and balances. So let’s begin:
Drill #1: Warming-Up
Begin with a short 2 minute jog then continue with simple stretches on your legs and feet, concentrating on your ankle, calf, knee and hips to maximize performance and prevent any injuries during practice.
Drill #2: Juggling (kick ups) with your weaker foot
Find an open space, throw the ball at waist height and let it bounce. Then kick it up using the laces section of your foot. Repeat this for roughly 5 minutes and then increase it to 10 minutes and so on. For a start, let the ball bounce as it is easier and gives you the confidence. Once you’ve become better, try by not letting the ball bounce on the ground.
Drill #3: Weaker foot ball control
Touch the soccer ball lightly with your outstep/outside sole of your weaker foot and then quickly change to your instep / inside sole of your weaker foot and vice versa. This is similar to doing a flip flap or elastico, but at a very slow pace. Practice it for as long as you can by building rhythm along with speed with the ball.
Drill #4: Trapping the ball with your weaker foot
The simplest way you can do this is by throwing the soccer ball upwards and trap it by letting the ball fall on your toe part of the foot. The first few times you do this might cause the ball to simply bounce off your weaker foot, try to trap the ball using a softer first touch. In other words, try not to ‘stiffen’ you feet/legs too much when the ball is about to make contact with it.
As you progress, u can improve this drill by throwing the ball against a wall and trapping / controlling it with your weaker foot as it bounces back towards you. After each successful trap, throw the ball with increased intensity and attempt to control it with a single first touch with your weaker foot as it bounces back towards you.
Drill #5: Passing with your weaker foot
Find a wall, maybe in your room or even outside. Pass the ball against the wall by using the inside sole of your weaker foot and outside sole of the same weaker foot depending on your preference. To make it interesting, build rhythm in your passing by increasing its speed which greatly improves ball trapping and passing skills relatively quickly. As you progress, try to pass and trap the ball in a single fluid motion, making no more than 2 touches at the most for each time you pass it to the wall. Throughout this drill, try to aim your pass towards a specific target area on the wall in order to improve the accuracy of your pass. If the wall is far away from you, attempt a lobbed/chipped pass with your weaker foot.
Drill #6: Shooting
Perhaps the hardest part when it comes to improving you weaker foot, proper shooting could make a difference, especially in a match where a goal could mean winning or losing. Generating power and accuracy when shooting with you weaker foot can be quite a challenge, so we recommend that you complete drills #1 to #5 before attempting this drill in order to be sure that your weaker foot is ready for a higher intensity drill.
For this drill, find an open space, perhaps a small field or yard, and make sure there aren’t any breakable objects or people near your target. Designate a target such as a goal post, cone or even a mark on the wall, and aim the hit that target with your shot. Attempt to do a laces shot as powerful as possible, but try to also keep it as accurate as possible, aiming for your designated target.
Apply these six soccer drills in any order (except for drill #6) at any time you like. Keep practicing consistently and you’ll benefit from the results, enjoy practicing!