How to Shield the Soccer Ball
Soccer Shielding Technique
How to shield the soccer ball?
Shielding is one very important skill that any
player can develop, and should develop, as it is used constantly during any
Shielding the soccer ball means putting your body in between the soccer ball
and the player trying to take it away.
Many players out there wonder how they lose the soccer ball so easily once put
under pressure from the opposing players; the biggest reason for losing the
ball is NOT using the correct technique to actually protect the ball
while maintaining balance.
The whole point of shielding the ball is to simply buy more time to come up
with an option to pass, shoot, or dribble your way out of a tight situation.
When a player with the possession of the ball
is put under pressure by the opposing players, good way to hold the ball off is
to simply put your body in between the ball and the player trying to take the
ball away from you.
Beginner soccer players usually shield the
soccer ball by putting their backs into the defender which is quite ineffective
because the defender can easily poke the ball through the players legs, side or
simply push the player of the ball.
Turning sideways and putting your arm out while controlling the soccer ball
with your foot is the best way to keep the defender away from the ball.
This is because the defender will have difficulty getting around you and to the
soccer ball since you are positioning your body to come in between the ball and
the defender while keeping him/her from going through your body by simply
putting your arm up which also lets you feel the defender coming.
Learning the correct technique on how to shield the soccer ball is a great
skill to possess for both defenders and attackers.
HOW TO SHIELD THE SOCCER BALL TECHNIQUE
- Always know your surroundings and where the defending players are
- As you anticipate where the defending pressure is coming from you will want
to start by getting in a strong balanced position by bending your knees,
lowering your butt and finding a good stance.
- Position your body sideways to improve your balance on the ball and to allow
yourself to be able to control the ball with one foot while keeping your eye on
where the opposing player is coming from and move accordingly.
- The only time you will want to turn your back
to a defender is when performing a quick one touch pass back to your teammate.
- Big part of how to shield the soccer ball are your arms.
- Legally you are allowed to put your arm on the defenders chest area for balance;
however it is illegal to push the defender off using your arm.
- You should be standing sideways leaning on the defender with one arm while
using the other arm raised in front of you for better balance.
- When shielding the ball, you do not want to
wait for the defender to push into you. Instead you will want to be aggressive
and use your upper body to firmly stand your ground.
- If you feel like you are losing your balance, you can simply dribble away or
flop forward to try and earn a foul :D
- Balance plays the biggest part in successfully shielding a soccer ball and
turning your body sideways will ensure that your balance is improved so that
you cannot be pushed off the ball easily.
- Attacking players will learn how to receive and keep the possession of the ball
in dangerous areas of the field while looking for that goal scoring pass or
- Defending players should not take much risk trying to shield the soccer ball in
dangerous defensive areas, instead play it safe and just kick the ball up the
field or even out of bounds is a better idea.
- Shielding the soccer ball when playing defense may cause another attacking
player to join in and shielding the soccer ball from 2 or more players is much
harder and that much riskier.
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HOW TO PLAY SOCCER
WARM UP SOCCER DRILLS
soccer shooting/attacking drills
- Soccer Shooting Drills
will help players develop their kicks on the soccer ball. There are
different kinds of shooting techniques in soccer. Knowing the right way
to kick the ball is crucial to firm and precise shooting.
- Soccer Shooting Tips to learn the proper shooting technique and positive habits for shooting the soccer ball.
- Fun Soccer Drills using games with attacking drills through crossing, or shooting.
soccer passing drills
- Soccer Passing Drills
are focused on repetitive passing of the ball, while the player uses
the right technique in locking his/her ankle, and making firm contact on
- Soccer Passing Tips and Technique for passing the soccer ball with pace and accuracy.
- Four Squares passing soccer drill.
- Possession Game for improving passing soccer skills.
- Back Pedal for lots of passes and movement.
- Small Sided Games to apply in training and help with young soccer players development passing, quick thinking, dribbling, creativity and decision making.
- Soccer Practice Drills to help players learn how to move the soccer ball wide, and attack from crosses, and wide areas of the field.
- Soccer Passing and Receiving Drills to help players get more comfortable on the soccer ball. Players will learn to receive the ball, and move after the pass is complete.
soccer ball control drills
- Ball Control Soccer Drills to help players get more familiar with the surface of the ball.
- Soccer Training Drills to improve players ball control skills. Getting familiar with the soccer ball takes time, consistency and effort.
- U10 Soccer Training Drills to improve ball handling skills, agility, coordination, and speed.
- Soccer Drills for Beginner soccer players U8 and U6. These soccer drills can also be adapted to older kids by changing the pace, and adding few skills.
- Small Sided Games to teach youth soccer players how to play soccer through the game being the Coach. Players will fall in love with the game from simply playing soccer.
- This Soccer Drill is many kids favorite soccer training drill in practice. The game is the Coach, while players enjoy competitive side of soccer in smaller spaces.
- First Touch Soccer Drills to help young players work on their passing, receiving, and moving. Smart players, with great
ball control, will use their first touch to get out of tight situations,
and surrounding defenders.
SOCCER FITNESS, SPEED AND AGILITY
- Agility Ladder Drills,
also called Speed Ladder Drills, are very important for soccer players to develop agility, and speed.
- Soccer Agility Drills
are used to improve players balance, footwork, and
coordination. Change of direction is frequent throughout the game, so being
agile, and able to quickly change direction is really important.
- Soccer Conditioning Drills
will build up the players endurance for the WHOLE game. Players usually
frown on these soccer drills, as they push them to exhaustion point;
but prepare them for the game. Fit player is twice as valuable for any
team in a match.
- Speed Training Drills will push players to build up their explosive speed, tight cornering, and the ability to speed up, and slow down their pace. These drills will build up the players endurance, and shorten the recovery after sprints.