Soccer is a game of great skill, combining natural skills, lots of training for ultimate performance. It is also very entertaining and exhilarating for spectators and has a strong following.
The game is played with two teams of 11 players each. Some people have said, that it is one of the most exciting and fun games to watch in the world. The objective of the game is to score the most goals.
The game originated in England and has since spread in popularity across the world. The ball is dribbled with the players feet rather than their hands. The ball is then passed with feet to another player or into the goal.
If you enjoy watching and playing soccer, you are aware that the defense of the ball is the secret of the game. Coaches work on strategizing ways that they have the team work together in defense of the ball so that the opposing team does not score.
Often coaches will ask team members to work on individual lines of defense as well as working as a team to defend the ball. There are essentially two ways to block the ball and they are blocking and tackling on the side.
The slide tackle is banned on some youth soccer teams because it is dangerous. Just as it sounds, a slide tackle is used to slide into your opponent and get the ball away from your opponents feet. It should only be done as a last resort because it can harm you as well as the other player.
If the grass is wet, or muddy, you have less chance of an injury with a slide tackle. Only use the lower part of your body to slide, otherwise you will more than likely injure yourself. Keep in mind that the object is not kick or trip your opponent in anyway.
Soccer blocking is used by the goal keeper to knock the ball away with his hands. It is a relatively safe way to block the ball without causing injury.
The goal keeper can use his hands and arms to block within the goal area. He is the only player that can use his hands and arms. Players are forbidden to use their hands but can use any other part of their body to move the ball.
Keep in mind that it is unlawful to impede your opponent from playing so any blocking or slide tackling should be done carefully. Otherwise, you will be hit with a penalty kick which will essentially give your opposing team a point.
You may use your body to essentially shield the ball from other players without having direct contact. This will help you maintain possession of the ball. This is a safe way to defend the ball.
Any and all of these tactics should be practiced. You should always consult your coach before trying any of these maneuvers to make sure you are performing them correctly.
Soccer drills are an important part of the game. They need to be developed and practised. If you have ever played or watched soccer, you know that the players need aggressive play strategies in order to get the ball. It is not a sport that is meant for the shy. There are a variety of drills you can do to practice that will make you a better player and sportsman.
A great drill to practice playing soccer with is called Get Control. The coach will need to divide the players into two teams. Then balls are thrown up and out into the air, players are responding for gaining control of the ball without using your hands or arms. The player is then responsible for putting the ball into play by passing it or attempting to score a goal.
If a player is unable to put the ball into play then he will suffer some consequences such as a lap around the field or push ups. Every player should have a chance to get the ball and put it into play.
Another great drill is ball protection. For this drill, partners are assigned. You work with your partner to dribble the ball back and forth and to practice moving with the ball. Then give your partner feedback as well as advice on how they can improve by either moving faster or volleying the ball at a quicker pace.
Another fun drill is close and protect. Once again, you will practice with a partner and you need to essentially, get control of the ball and keep it. This is not meant to be a drill for bullys but you do need to play aggressively to maintain control of the ball.
Or, another variance on this drill is to have one player attempt to gain control of the ball from the other player by maneouvering his body safely, and obtaining the ball legally. This is a true test in patience and ease of movement.
Another drill that is a true test of skill is called the push and steal drill. This drill needs close supervision to assure that players are playing fairly.
The coach and assistant coach will each a ball and the players line up and attempt to retrieve the ball fairly. The coach may move and dribble the ball down the field and the players line up one at a time and move with the coach and the ball and attempt to get it.
Keep in mind that these drills are meant to teach players to move and play fairly with the ball. At times, the drill may get out of hand and the coach will need to intervene to assure that no one gets hurt or that the game gets out of hand.
Soccer is a game of aggressive play strategies, high skill levels and dedication to training and fitness.
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