Instep Shooting Drill

Chris Johnson 96,667 Views Rating 3.82 (22 Reviews)

This soccer shooting drill focuses on the instep drive. This shooting technique is an essential method of striking a ball when shooting. The instep drive hits the shot with the foot's shoelace with the toe pointed down and the ankle locked.

Soccer Drill Diagram: Instep Shooting Drill

soccer instep drive shooting drill

This soccer shooting drill focuses on the instep drive. This shooting technique is an essential method of striking a ball when shooting.
Drill Setup

  1. Create a grid that is 25x25 yards.
  2. Place 6 to 10 tall cones in the middle of the grid.
  3. Divide the team into groups of 2.
  4. Partners stand on opposite sides of the grid, facing each other.
  5. Each group of 2 needs a ball.
Drill Instructions

  1. Players drive the ball with their instep to their partner's side of the grid.
  2. Players are awarded a point by knocking over a cone.
  3. Any of the players on the side can return the ball by driving it with the foot's instep while attempting to knock over a cone.
  4. The first player to reach 5 points win the match.
Drill Variations

  • This drill can be used for younger players to work on inside of the foot passing.
Drill Coaching Points

  • Focus on striking the ball with the shoelaces, toe pointed down, ankle locked.
  • The non-kicking foot should be next to the ball and slightly behind it, and pointed towards the target.
  • Players should try to land on their kicking foot to use the full transfer of body weight.
  • Focus on the technique mentioned above.
  • Focus on accuracy.

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