19 SURFACES OF THE SOCCER SHOE™

19 SURFACES OF THE SOCCER SHOE™

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There are 19 surfaces of the soccer shoe used to contact the ball.  These surfaces are involved in all of the foot skills in the sport, such as dribbling, passing, receiving and shooting.  Pictures of the 19 surfaces of the soccer shoe are shown below.  References to CoachingAmericanSoccer.com® articles follow the pictures. (Only the right shoe is shown. The left shoe corresponds to mirror images and has corresponding names.) Click on the picture to enlarge.  Click on the back arrow to return.  The 19 Surfaces of the Soccer Shoe™ are:

  1. Front Toe

19 Surfaces of the Soccer Shoe - Front Toe (#1)

Toe poke shot, toe poke pass, toe poke tackle, dribbling fakes and feints.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints
Intermediate Passing – General

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  1. Left Front Upper Toe

Dribbling, dribbling fakes and feints.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Top Toe

Flicks, dribbling fakes and feints.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Right Front Upper Toe

Dribbling, speed dribbling, dribbling fakes and feints.

Intermediate Dribbling – Speed Dribbling
Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Low Instep

Stab chip, topspin shot, juggling.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints
Intermediate Passing – General
Modifying the Instep Drive
Intermediate Juggling
Advanced Juggling

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  1. Full Instep

Instep drive, shooting, passing, volleys, instep receive, juggling.

Instructional Dribbling
Instructional General Passing
Instructional Juggling
Instructional Shooting and Goal Scoring
Instructional Instep Drive (Kicking)
Introduction to Juggling
Introduction to Receiving and Controlling
Introduction to Shooting and Goal Scoring
Introduction to the Instep Drive
Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints
Intermediate Passing – General
Modifying the Instep Drive
Intermediate Passing – The Driven Pass
Intermediate Passing – The Through Pass
Intermediate Passing – The Lofted Drive
Intermediate Passing – Crossing
Intermediate Passing – Volley
Intermediate Juggling
Advanced Juggling

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  1. High Instep

Knuckle shot.  Topspin shot.

Modifying the Instep Drive

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  1. Right Instep

Outswinger from right side, sliced bending balls, outside-of-the-foot pass.

Intermediate Passing – General
Intermediate Passing – The Outside of the Foot Pass
Modifying the Instep Drive
Intermediate Juggling
Advanced Juggling

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  1. Left Instep

Inswinger from left side, hooked bending balls, outside-of-the-foot pass.

Intermediate Passing – General
Modifying the Instep Drive
Intermediate Juggling
Advanced Juggling

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  1. Outside of Foot

Dribbling, outside of the foot receive.

Instructional Dribbling
Introduction to Receiving and Controlling
Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints
Intermediate Juggling
Advanced Juggling

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  1. Inside of the Foot

Inside-of-foot pass, inside of the foot receive, front block tackle,
general passing, shooting, dribbling.

Instructional Dribbling
Instructional General Passing
Instructional General Receiving
Instructional Inside of the Foot (Push) Pass and Receive
Instructional Shooting and Goal Scoring
Introduction to Passing
Introduction to Tackling
Introduction to Receiving and Controlling
Introduction to Shooting and Goal Scoring
Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints
Intermediate Passing – General
Intermediate Passing – The Personal Pass
Intermediate Passing – The Back Pass
Intermediate Passing – The Give-and-Go
Intermediate Juggling
Advanced Juggling

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  1. Sole-Toes

Dribbling.

Instructional Dribbling
Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Sole-Ball of Foot

Dribbling, Sole of foot receive.

Instructional Dribbling
Introduction to Receiving and Controlling
Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Sole-Arch

Dribbling fakes and feints.

Instructional General Receiving
Introduction to Receiving and Controlling

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  1. Sole–Heel

Dribbling fakes and feints.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Instep-Face

 Chipping.

Intermediate Passing – General
Modifying the Instep Drive
Intermediate Passing – Chipping

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  1. Inside Heel

Dribbling fakes and feints; behind the (other) foot shot or pass.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Outside Heel

 Dribbling fakes and feints.

Intermediate Dribbling – First Fakes and Feints

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  1. Back Heel

Back heel pass, back-heel shot.

Intermediate Passing – General
Intermediate Passing – Back Pass

Soccer Coaching Tips:

  • All players need to know all of the names of the surfaces of the soccer shoe in order to understand skill instruction.

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