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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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