Heading the soccer ball is one of the most essential skills to learn in the game of soccer. It is crucial for defensive players to clear balls in the box, midfielders to win critical aerial battles and attackers to be able to head the ball past an opposing keeper to score a goal.
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.