SHIELDING THE BALL
The clock is ticking, your team is holding on to a slim one goal lead and YOU get ball possession deep in your own half. Do you try to move the ball forward ? Pass the ball to a fellow player ?
Professionals learn to shield a ball. It is one of the most important soccer techniques used to keep possession in a tight space.
What is Shielding ?
When a player in possession of the ball puts his body between the ball and the opposing player creating a physical barrier. This ball protection is called shielding.