About The Other Foot Soccer School
People all over the world love football/soccer, whatever you want to call it. It is the greatest sport! No question.
Improvements in all areas of the game, including facilities, equipment and technique have helped it modernise and flourish, enabling it to capture the imagination of millions throughout this football shaped planet-including YOU.
This game we love is ever evolving, but itís not quite perfect (unless you were fortunate enough to witness Brazil at the 1970 World Cup). So if it isnít perfect and can still be improved; in what areas can it be improved to enhance the beautiful game even further?
Iíve got you thinking now havenít I?
How many players have we witnessed over the years who we can genuinely describe as two-footed? There have been some: Best, Zidane, Ronaldo, etc but not too many. One stands out in my mind-Tom Finney, who played for Preston North End F.C and England during the 1950ís. (not that Iím old enough to have seen him play). Tom was a true star who could play comfortably and effectively in all 5 (yes 5) forward positions.
Was he born with bi-lateral coordination or did he develop it? The fact is he worked hard practising with his weaker (OTHER) foot allowing him the versatility to dribble, pass and shoot comfortably with either foot. His coaches didnít set up special drills for him. Encouraged by his father but also self motivated , he had the purpose of mind to get out there and practise until it felt natural for him and until he became the player he desired to be.
So if Tom can do it, why canít the rest of us?
It takes a lot of hard work. Thereís NO escaping that! Do we like hard, repetitive work? If weíre totally honest most of us would have to say no, Go on admit it! It would be too much of a chore and ďboringĒ.
So if we donít like hard, repetitive, uninspiring work letís not make it repetitive and uninspiring. It can still be hard work, but presented in an environment thatís stimulating, offering fast-paced variety in a wide range of inviting, competitive, fun drills, it can become attractive.
So herein lies the key to opening that door to TWO-FOOTED effectiveness.
Another key, (itís a tricky door to unlock) is keeping things simple but effective whilst concentrating on attention to detail.
Whatís detailed in kicking a ball?
The movement and position of the body parts we use.
The brain-muscle coordination canít fail to ďkick inĒ after hundreds of hours of practice. On our stronger side we develop these movements naturally as they are repeated over and over again. I mean the movement of upper body, lower body, supporting leg, kicking leg and arms. Wow that sounds a lot!
Not if the movement involved is broken down!
Why not mirror the positions adopted and movements made on our good, more practised side? Seems strange at first but through practice feels more natural.
Youíre definitely not going to get, even close to becoming two-footed overnight and significant improvement takes time, but the first steps are taken (right AND left) as soon as you begin the programme.
Iíve been privileged to work with the Inverness Caledonian Thistle F. C. elite squads for the past three years, during which time the players have taken part in weekly sessions lasting one hour. The confidence the players display in their OTHER foot has vastly improved, so much so, that during regular game situations the OTHER foot is readily and regularly used. On many occasions, instinctively without the players thinking about it.
No matter what level of football you play at thereís always room for improvement. Whether you play professionally, as an amateur, at school level or in the park with your mates, it will always be to your advantage if you feel more comfortable in using your OTHER FOOT!
Coaching Method Creator.
ďYour idea is a very effective one, and I feel that your students will improve their touch and confidence in their weaker (other) foot. They can only benefit from what I see!Ē
Ex England international and current manager of Inverness Caledonian Thistle
"The Other Foot was of great interest to the SFA Football Development Officers, who all enjoyed the concept and felt it was an effective method of developing techniques in young players. Two footedness in players is becoming even more important in modern football as there is less space and time for players to manipulate the ball. The ability to take a pass and make a pass on both sides of the body reflects the direction that the Scottish FA are taking in trying to improve techniques in young players and to support our coaches and volunteers through our Coach Education provision."
S.F.A Head of Youth Development