What does First Defender do! How to steal the ball?


Sometimes a player who has been robbed of the ball stops playing, saying, "Oh, that's it!"

Even if the leader of youth soccer thinks, "If you take it, get it back !!", it doesn't easily penetrate the children.

This switching between offense and defense is very important in soccer. It's hard for children to do coaching, saying, "Switch quickly!" Can not.

I think the leader understands it, but does it reach the children? Let's put it into words and let the children understand.

Soccer has four phases: " attack ", " defense ", " switching from offensive to defensive ", and " switching from defensive to offensive " .

I will explain who goes to steal the ball from offensive to defensive and the phase of defensive, and how to steal it.

Aggressive defense

Especially in youth soccer, it is necessary to focus on " stealing the ball ".

It is important to make it " natural " to approach the ball . The reason is that children who cannot go to the approach are difficult to improve.

For children who go to the approach and fail, it can be improved by teaching them how to approach, but it is very difficult to improve children who do not go to the approach. It takes a lot of effort to let a child who does not do it do it.

A player who takes this approach is called a first defender. Defending as a team begins with the first defender.

First Defense Priority

The first defense that goes to approach the ball is a play that is performed against the ball, so you can teach from the lower grades of elementary school.

I'm going to steal the ball, so it's easy to understand when I say defensive.

However, if you just go to the dark clouds to steal the ball and your opponent gets better, you will not be able to steal it.

How should I approach it?

Therefore, it is necessary to know the priority when defending.

1.      Pass cut (intercept)

2.      Take away at the moment of trap

3.      Don't look forward

4.      Delay

5.      One side cut

Depending on the circumstances (when the defensive formation of allies is in place ), interception is the highest priority when defending.

Next, I will not miss the mistake at the time of trapping and go to steal the ball.

If it fits neatly (well controlled), put pressure on it so that it doesn't turn forward.

If you look forward, it will take time to play.

You don't put your foot out and kick the ball . The ideal is interception when it comes to how to steal the ball.

1. Pass cut (intercept)

When defending as a first defender, aim for interception. The reason is that interception can steal the ball most efficiently.

If you steal the ball while it is moving from the originator of the pass to the receiver, the pressure from the opponent is slow after you steal it. In addition, you can neutralize two opponents (the player who gave the pass and the player who is trying to receive it).

If you can steal the ball by interception, you will have a chance to counter at once.

In order to aim for interception, you have to check not only the ball but also the movement of the player with your mark and the timing when the pass comes out.

2. Take away at the moment of trap

The moment the ball enters the opponent facing your position, you go to steal the ball while the opponent is in control .

Controlling the ball is a difficult technique, isn't it? It is easy to make mistakes.

So, if the ball control gets bigger even a little, quickly put your body between the opponent player and the ball and steal the ball.

3. Don't look forward

If the opposing player gets the ball clean, it puts pressure on them so that they can not play freely.

Do not turn to the front. Back pass and horizontal pass are OK. Other players aim to intercept the back pass and side pass.

4. Delay

Delays the attack so that allies can form . Use skills such as dozing to follow your opponent.

Don't overlook your opponent's mistakes and look for opportunities to steal the ball.

5. One side cut

If the opponent player has the ball in it, dribble it and do not let it move forward. For that purpose, do not go forcibly to steal the ball, but bargain as if you choose a pass. Makes it easier for the next teammate to aim for a pass cut (intercept).

The important thing is not to be pulled out

The defense that you often see in youth soccer tries to kick the ball by rushing to hit the player who has the ball.

You will be evaded if you are a little good player.

Then, the space behind the player who went to the defense will be used. That is the worst play.

First of all, do not pull out. And when the opponent makes a mistake, he steals the ball.

The start of defense is the first defender

This is a bit difficult story, but first of all, the defense as a team starts when the first defender starts to move.

If no one depends on the ball, the defense will not start easily. The team tactics will be where to start the first defense.

I don't think there are many things you can do in youth soccer, but as an individual tactic, I would like you to learn the priority of defense as knowledge.


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