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What’s going on? Little dap. It’s Jared Montz former pro and founder of OnlineSoccerAcademy.com.
Today we are learning how to defend in a 1 vs 1 situation.
Defending is not about being big, fast and strong. Yes, those things help but the best
defenders are the smartest and don't just relay on their athleticism to win tackles;
they use their minds. In this OSA video I will show you basic key points and advanced
key points.
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1. Close down space and be 1-2 steps away from the attacker. If you are to far away
that gives them time to get their head up and look around. Get close to force their
head down.
2. Jockey, be patient and don't dive in.
The best attackers want you to dive in on them because they will just touch it around
you and go.
So we want to jockey them. I'm not sure where the term jockey came from but basically it
means to be patient and move your body backwards as the attacker is dribbling the ball.
3. Force the attacker onto their weak foot. Let's say you are the attacker, which way
am I forcing you right now? I'm not forcing you any direction. Based off my body position
you can go right or left. This is why I want to stand sideways at an angle to force you
one direction. Typically you force an attacker towards their weak foot.
How do you know which foot is their weak foot? Good question. You certainly don't ask them
when you are about to tackle them… "excuse me buddy, what is your weak foot?". You know
the answer by being observant in the game and knowing what foot they use to pass the
4. Be on your toes! Don't be back on your heels.
5. Keep your feet moving, don't stand like a statue.
6. Keep your eye on the ball! Do not look at the attackers feet, hips or shoulders.
Focus on the ball. If the ball isn't going to the right, the attacker is not going to
the right.
7. Win the ball with confidence when the time is right. When that attacker takes their touch
to far ahead of them like so what are they? Off balance, that is a good time to step in
and win it. When the attacker has one leg up in the air doing a scissors what are they?
Off balance, that is a good time to step in and win it.
When you do step in get your body behind you. Don't just reach and lunge for the ball with
your foot.
Equipment Needed: You will need a few balls, one will work if
that's all you got, 10 cones and a partner. If you don't have a partner then hang tight
and I'll show you an exercise how to practice 1v1 defending on your own.
Exercise Player Can Do: Set up two cone goals and a small field around
the goals. This is your 1v1 field. Don't make it to tiny because you want enough room to
work on your defending technique. If you don't have enough cones to make a sideline then
don't have sidelines and you be the judge when it goes out.
One goal will be the defending goal, the other the attacking goal. Behind the defender goal
is all the balls. The defender will pass the ball to the attacker, then sprint and close
the space down, set your feet and start defending. The attacker tries to beat the defender and
score through the cone goals. If the defender wins it they try to score or kick the ball
After the defender goes 5 times then switch with your partner. Repeat this process until
you are mastering it or get tired.
Starting out I'd advise just doing a few jockeying reps. So the attacker doesn't try to beat
you and you don't try to win it. You just practice jockeying and being patient.
Advanced Key Points:
Now for some advance key points.
1. DO NOT take giant steps! Keep your feet underneath your body by taking smaller steps
and moving your feet fast. Versus taking big giant steps and getting off balance and not
being able to react as fast.
2. Get your arm out, use your body and be physical. I am NOT saying foul or hurt anyone,
not at all. But when that attacker goes to take a touch by you because you have your
body angled correctly when you turn to take your step you will be a step ahead of them.
At that moment get your arm out and put it into their chest/abs as you are in your running
stride. This will push them back a bit and push you forward.
This should like part of your running stride. Do not just run side by side with each other
and not make contact.
Be careful not to foul. If it looks like this, you will probably be called for a foul.
If it looks like this you will be a great 1v1 defender.
3. Use the sideline as a 2nd defender when you can. If you are near the sideline force
your attacker to the sideline so they only have a limited amount of room to try and dribble
around you. This way if they try to beat you down the sideline and dribble out of bounds,
little dap to you, you did a great job!
4. Let the attacker make the mistake, then win it. Lots of attackers try to do to much,
this is when they take that touch to far in front of them or have a bad touch, that is
when you win it. Be patient, let them make the mistake.
What Player Could Be Doing Wrong: Some things that could be going wrong.
If the attacker is just running by you and you are frozen in place for a second or two
you are diving in. Don't dive in. Be patient. They need to get past you to be successful,
if they are standing there with the ball not getting behind you and not doing anything
dangerous you are doing your job; don't dive in and give them a chance.
If you feel like the attacker passes the ball back but you didn't do a good job because
you didn't win it from them, don't think you have to win every ball. If your attacker passes
backwards or sideways you are doing your job.
Exercise to Practice on your Own To practice on your own set up a start cone
and an attacker cone 15 yards ahead of you. Set a ball next to the attacker cone. Sprint
from the start cone, close down the imaginary attacker, then jockey back to the start cone.
Do this 5 times, then rest and repeat. Just pretend there is an attacker making moves
on you.
Bonus Tip! Be confident. Mentally believe you will win
the ball every time, don't hope to win it. You won't win the ball every time, but have
the mindset that you will. If the attacker gets behind you, that's okay, it's going to
happen. Just hustle back on defense and react positive. I'll applaud you every time if you
react positive; none of us are perfect.
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