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Quiz the Coach - I Can't Play D!

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Quiz the Coach - I Can't Play D! - Reviewed by Kidzworld on May 31, 2007
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Kidzworld's got some free sports and fitness advice on playing defense in soccer.

So ya dig sports but need some help with your game? Don't understand some of the rules of football, basketball or hockey? Got a gripe about P.E. class, skateboarders, cheerleading, coaches, or anything? Why not ?

1Hey Coach,
I really love soccer but the problem is that I have trouble taking the ball from others! Thanks a lot!
You know Me

Hey You know Me,
First things first, as a coach, I have to applaud you on your willingness to play defense. In every sport, everyone from kids to the pros, wants to focus on their offense. So it's definitely refreshing that you want to get better on the other end. While some soccer players are natural defenders, the majority of successful defensive players got where they are through hard work. Another aspect of becoming a good defender is having good fundamentals. If you are looking to be a better one-on-one defender, there are a few things you must remember.

First, don't approach defending with the intent to steal the ball every time. It is far more important to just stay in front of the attacker and not let them get past you. Players who gamble and try to steal the ball will get blown by more often than not. Don't get too close, but stay close enough that you make it tough for them to drive past you or pass the ball. Concentrate on your opponents hips, not on their feet or the ball. If they mishandle the ball, then you can exploit it and attempt to steal. But if it isn't there, I would suggest you just play hard fundamental pressure defense.

Another important aspect of being a great defender is being in good cardio shape. Being able to wear out your opponent will open up more opportunities for steals. So make sure to get yourself in tip-top shape before the season starts.

If you work on your D and become a great defender then you'll be an asset to any team you play for. That will take you a long way because coaches are always impressed with players who commit themselves to defense!

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