Tag: defender

3 Steps to Stopping a Counter Attack

Your team is at the opponent’s goal and is about to score a goal.  A lot of players commit because the situation looks promising.  Suddenly, their goalie grabs the ball and launches the ball down field.  Uh oh…it is a counter attack.  You begin to backtrack and realize that you and your other defender are the only two players back while they attack with 3…and here comes the 4th. What do you do?

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Clearing the ball in the defensive end

Clearing the ball in the defensive end is not enough.  When you clear the ball you have to have purpose.  This is especially true when clearing the ball from corner kicks.  Many players make the mistake of clearing the ball up the middle of the field…we all know where those clearances usually end up: right back into your net.  Here are 3 tips to make sure you effectively clear the ball every time.

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The Offside Rule Broken Down

An e-mail came in from one of our readers asking if we could explain why the offside rule is so complicated to understand.  You’re not alone on this one. The offside rule is the one rule everybody seems to kind of understand.  However, taking the time to study this rule in detail  is very important because it can be the…

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5 steps to becoming a successful central defender

As the different formations used in soccer have been manipulated and re-created, much of the responsibilities of each position have remained the same – for the most part.  This holds especially true for the central defender.

The central defender is always the last line of defense (aside from the goalie) and is always the foundation of a successful team – the brain of a proper functioning system.

Here are 5 tips to becoming a successful central defender:

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