Never use the outside foot. What???

U.S. born and raised experienced coach guesting with my daughter’s U13 team tonight:

“Never use the outside foot to pass, especially not in midfield and defence.”

My daughter’s Argentinian head coach standing in the technical area during a recent game clapping and calling out:

“Great curved pass with the outside foot! Very important skill to have. Very good!”

Argentinian coach played pro in Argentina and Mexico.

No further comment.

Author: James

Lifelong player and student of the beautiful game in Germany, England, and USA. Volunteer futsal coach and USSF referee.

5 thoughts on “Never use the outside foot. What???”

  1. The use of the outside of the foot will differentiate the elite player from the average one. The most effective change of direction is done with the ouside of the foot. Doesnt anybody watch what the best players do? Too much coaching going on. Just leave them alone a bit., please.


    1. Fully agree with you. The use of the outside foot is absolutely fundamental across all levels. To teach youngsters to risk-aversely use only the inside foot does a massive disservice to the kids and to the game. Btw, this coach is a well-known coach at a very well-known club here in the Bay Area.


      1. Goes to show, not all good coaches are good youth coaches. Every coach wants to train the big kids, but I don’t think they should be allowed unless they can demonstrate they can properly educate the little ones first and coach a match without blowing up. Let the ex-pros deal with the older kids.


  2. Unfortunately, I’ve heard that too many times as well.
    Soccer is about hitting passes to the right place at the right time. Timing is almost everything.
    To do well, players need to master passing the ball with all parts of the body.
    Windows of opportunity are often tiny and they are usually missed by taking extra touches or even turning your body slightly.
    And this doesn’t even get into the subtleties of putting spin on the ball with different ways of striking the ball…yes, sometimes that makes the difference between a runner reaching your pass or a ball over the end line or gobbled up by a defender.


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