Soccer Tips for Playing Better Defense

EC Emmanuel Chomba Mar 14, Soccer In other languages: When you're aggressively defending, it can be easy to get carried away in that mindset. Top 10 Soccer Moves. 2v2 Soccer Dribbling Drill to Beat the Defender

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How to Make Long Shots in Soccer. Look for other core exercises that isolate various abdominal muscles. Make sure you're exercising all abdominal muscles evenly. Practices such as yoga and pilates can also help strengthen your core and improve your balance and flexibility. Use plyometrics to build power and strength.

Plyometric exercises build fast-twitch muscle fibers in your body to give you explosive power to boost the sudden bursts of speed you need when chasing after a fast forward or midfielder. Start in a regular push-up position and lower your chest to the floor. Push yourself up forcefully so that your hands leave the floor, then come back down softly, bending your elbows to help absorb the impact.

Do 4 sets of 5 to 10 reps, resting for 2 minutes between sets. Get some experience on offense. Not every defensive player will have the ability to play offense, but if you have the opportunity, go for it. Playing offense gives you insight into what strikers want to do and how they do it so you can better anticipate their moves as a defender.

Through them you can learn how they see the field and how they create opportunities to score. Knowing how their mind works will make you a better defender. Maintain confidence and have no fear. If an opponent senses that you're afraid to battle with them, they'll run right through you. You can't be a truly good soccer defender if you're afraid to challenge a strong opponent for the ball. While you never want to foul another player, you still want the opposing team to see you as someone who would stop at nothing to keep them from penetrating your side of the field and finding an opportunity to score.

Remain calm and let your opponent make mistakes. Patience is paramount for a defender. Simply running forward and challenging every player that has the ball is aggressive, but it isn't the smartest way to play and you may end up racking up fouls. Stagger your legs so you can switch directions quickly. Stay alert and ready to go after the ball at any moment, but avoid lunging or diving in for the ball or directly threatening the attacking player.

While ready to strike, wait patiently for the attacking player to make their move. Apply pressure and strike when you sense weakness or see the attacking player make even a minor mistake. When you're aggressively defending, it can be easy to get carried away in that mindset. Remember that the referees and the opposing team are people too. If an opposing player falls, help them get back up. Avoid arguing with referees or protesting, even if they've made a bad call. Just shrug it off and keep playing.

Continually get back in the drills and practice your skills to help build your confidence. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2. A slide tackle on rough ground will leave a mark, but if you wear sliding shorts underneath your uniform, it will help limit the pain. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 1. Should the defender always man-mark the opponent? Can the defender change his position to man-mark the opponent?

Depending on the formation your coach has you in - you may be man-to-man or zone marking. Either of these can allow for switching marks with good communication. Not Helpful 0 Helpful 0. Make them work up the sideline. You always want to eliminate the center of the field from an attacker.

Forcing them towards the sideline allows you to use the edge to help contain them. Not Helpful 1 Helpful You should always be physical and use your body.

As long as you make contact with the ball when taking a attacker out, no fouls will be called. Not Helpful 5 Helpful Just go for it as you would on any other surface. A good tip which I use is to rub petroleum jelly Vaseline on any exposed skin, so that you don't get burns.

This also works on turf and any kind of grass. Not Helpful 7 Helpful Keep your knees bent to stay low to the ground. A lower center of gravity gives you better balance, helping you stay on your feet as you change pace and direction. Stay light on your feet and keep them moving. Stay on the balls of your feet when you take on a defender and focus on moving your feet as quickly as you can without losing control.

Dribble with the sides of your feet when approaching a defender. Since most moves use the sides of your feet, dribbling with the outside or inside also makes it easier to go into quick cuts. Keeping the ball close makes it harder for a defender to tackle you successfully. Zig-zag around cones to improve your ball control. Set down cones or small obstacles in 2 rows, staggering them slightly.

Dribble towards the first cone, tapping the ball with the outside of your right foot with each step. Cut sharply around the cone with one side of your foot, round it, dribble to the next cone, and repeat. Go through the cones 5 times on each foot. Make quick back and forth turns between sets of cones. Set up 2 cones or small obstacles 3—4 feet 0. Complete 10 back-and-forth runs on each foot, giving yourself a minute to rest before switching feet.

This drill will train you to keep good ball control while moving at speed and to quickly break down your steps to make cuts or quickly change direction.

Practice dribbling in close spaces to improve your footwork. Set up 3 cones in a line or a triangle shape, about 2 feet 0. Dribble a ball through the cones with all parts of your foot, using quick touches to cut the ball around each cone as sharply as you can. Practice your moves around cones and other players. To get better at specific moves, drill them as much as you can. Focus on mastering one move at a time. Once you get one trick down, learning more advanced ones will get easier and easier.

Dribble the ball close to your foot, giving it small nudges so that it is never more than 30cm away from you. When you do this, you can gain speed without loosing control of the ball. To keep it consistent, just keep practicing.

The more you do this, the better you will become at it.