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As a soccer coach or parent, you need to consider teaching the players about soccer footwork drills seriously. Let me give you a brief insight into some of those valuable things that can make a winning difference for your team.

  • Understanding the Soccer speed

  • The first and most important thing that a coach must let his players know is about the soccer speed. This is a specific speed for the game of soccer.

    In fact, this is the term we use in soccer world for the ability of the player to start quickly from all different positions, accelerate to top speed in the shortest time possible, change direction, and stop rapidly under control to make the play. When a player understands this soccer speed, he will get to know how important the footwork is.

  • The reasons to Train Footwork

  • There are various reasons why the coaches should train footwork during their soccer drill coaching session. Well, the players must keep in mind the fact that the feet are in contact with the ground in movement and whenever they initiate a movement, it is initiated off the ground.

    Therefore, the players must make sure that their feet absorb shock on ground contact so that they could use those forces to propel the body in the desired direction.

  • Position of the feet and the distribution of weight

  • Quick feet are nothing but quick and supple hips. Let the players know that the major objective of proper footwork is to Control and position the center of gravity. The players need not necessarily be on the toes because the foot must come back down to the ground to initiate movement.

    Again, when it comes to weight distribution, it should be distributed approximately 75% to the forefoot and 25% to the rear foot. This will eventually allow the players multi-directional movement.

    There are many other things as well, such as arms and hands of the players must be positioned to help them in the first movement. Coaching soccer footwork drills is not an easy cake, but you can make it easy if you use the above tips.

    Andre Botelho is a recognized authority on the subject of soccer footwork drills.
    His web site, Teaching Youth Soccer Coaching Drills, provides a wealth of informative soccer articles,
    resources and tips for soccer coaches, parents and players.