Player Reflection Tool

Using both feet: improving your weaker foot

HOW IT WORKS

Complete the form

First, complete the 55 questions below as accurately as you can

Choose a topic area

View your results and choose an area to study

Identify two aims

Use video tasks to identify two specific things to work on

Practice to improve

Let your coach know what you are working on

Being able to use both feet is a big advantage in football. It can make you twice as good at football if you can use both your right and left foot. This webpage has been especially designed to help you get better at using your weaker foot. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.


Let's start by watching the video below:

HOMEWORK TASK 1

The first video is a compilation of professional players using their weaker foot to score goals and beat opponents. 

Choose your favourite example of a weaker footed goal or skill. Can you aim to achieve that kind of goal or skill with YOUR weaker foot?

Our second video is of Manchester United star, Mason Greenwood. Watch how he can use either foot, left or right. How do you think he got to be that good?

There is no short-cut for improving your weaker foot. It will take hours and hours of practice, it may feel awkward, and you will make mistakes. But the time you spend is worth it, and you will improve quickly if you put the effort in.

HOMEWORK TASK 2

The videos on the right show various ball control moves. Practice these on your weaker foot.

The first video is easier than the second or third. It's very important when practising ball control that you use the correct size ball. Children don't need an adult size 5 ball. It is best to practice these skills using a size 3 ball (or size 4 for teenage players).

How to practice

Scientists have done lots of research on how people develop skills. They have found that the best type of practice for sports is something called Deliberate Practice (or sometimes called Deep Practice). They have found that one hour of Deliberate Practice is more useful and effective than several hours of non-Deliberate Practice. Find out more about Deliberate Practice by watching the videos below.


In the first two videos expert Daniel Coyle talks about the magic and importance of practice, and how quality of time is more important than quantity of time:

Here are the key factors needed for Deliberate Practice:

  • Practice needs to be intense and focused, and you need to make a lot of effort to learn. Practice should push you to the edge of your abilities, outside your comfort zone
  • It helps to set a goal for yourself so you are trying to improve at something in particular (eg. ball control, shooting on target, improving your weaker foot etc)
  • There should be repetition of key techniques or skills. Techniques should be corrected, concentrate on correcting each mistake you make
  • It helps to have an expert coach to give feedback and tuition

HOMEWORK TASK 3

Here are two superb goal-scorers. They are incredible because they are able to use both right and left foot to shoot and score. Watch the videos and identify two goals or assists with the right foot and two with the left in each video.

  • Why is it difficult for defenders and goal-keepers to defend against players who can use either foot?
  • How did Ji So Yun and Falcao get so good at playing football with both feet?

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Dear Learner,


Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.


You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.


For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.


If any of the links on this page are broken, or you have other ideas or suggestions, please get in touch at:


Contact

Mark Carter

mark@ministry-of-football.com


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