The Non-Dominant Foot
Updated: Apr 18, 2018
Problem: Players tend to use only their dominant foot. Like us adults, we typically brush our teeth with our dominant hand. If we were to practice with our non-dominant hand, then over time, we might develop some serious brushing skills with that hand. The more touches your child has on the ball with his/her non-dominant foot, the more comfortable and under control they will be -- and with more control comes more fun!
Solution: Find some days with nice weather and plan out some quality yard time. Spend the time emphasizing the use of the non-dominant foot.
The more touches your child has on the ball with his/her non-dominant foot, the more comfortable and under control they will be -- and more control comes more fun!
Make it Fun: Have your player dribble 10-20 yards to a certain point and then make a turn to come back to you. Challenge them to see how fast they can do it with their dominant foot and then challenge them to beat that time with their non-dominant foot. Be encouraging and challenge them regularly to beat that time with their non-dominant foot.
Tyler, his wife Lesley and their three kids Addison, Eli, and Henry reside in Kings Mountain, NC. Tyler is the Executive Director at Kings Mountain Soccer Club, business owner at J. Tyler Deaton Creative Services and works full time with a church planting network called Acts 29. Tyler enjoys soccer and loves seeing young players develop and partnerships strengthen between coaches, parents, and the wider community. You can follow or connect with Tyler on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram as well as contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.