Weekly Football Phrase: (to) Side-foot

In this week’s football phrase we introduce the football phrase ‘to side-foot’ , a phrase which describes a type of pass or shot.

side-footIn this week’s football phrase we introduce the football phrase ‘to side-foot‘ , a phrase which describes a type of pass or shot.

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Side-foot

This week’s football phrase is a combination of two nouns – side and foot – which combine to make a verb to side-foot. If you side-foot the ball, you use the inside part of the foot, the instep, to make contact with the ball. This usually allows more control, but less power. To side-foot

  • Example: Bent was played through on goal by Pajtim Kasami, only to side-foot his shot tamely at Cech. (BBC report, Chelsea v Fulham 2013/14 season)
  • Example: The 23-year-old ran towards goal before passing to Eto’o, who back-heeled the ball into the path of the winger, leaving Hazard to calmly side-foot into the far corner. (BBC report, Chelsea v Newcastle 2013/14 season)
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