Soccer Tips Article
Soccer Tips: Blocking
The game is played with two teams of 11 players each. Some people have said, that it is one of the most exciting and fun games to watch in the world. The objective of the game is to score the most goals. The game originated in England and has since spread in popularity across the world. The ball is dribbled with the players’ feet rather than their hands. The ball is then passed with feet to another player or into the goal.
If you enjoy watching and playing soccer, you are aware that the defense of the ball is the secret of the game. Coaches work on strategizing ways that they have the team work together in defense of the ball so that the opposing team does not score.
Often coaches will ask team members to work on individual lines of defense as well as working as a team to defend the ball. There are essentially two ways to block the ball and they are blocking and tackling on the side.
The slide tackle is banned on some youth soccer teams because it is dangerous. Just as it sounds, a slide tackle is used to slide into your opponent and get the ball away from your opponent’s feet. It should only be done as a last resort because it can harm you as well as the other player.
If the grass is wet, or muddy, you have less chance of an injury with a slide tackle. Only use the lower part of your body to slide, otherwise you will more than likely injure yourself. Keep in mind that the object is not kick or trip your opponent in anyway.
Soccer blocking is used by the goal keeper to knock the ball away with his hands. It is a relatively safe way to block the ball without causing injury. The goal keeper can use his hands and arms to block within the goal area. He is the only player that can use his hands and arms. Players are forbidden to use their hands but can use any other part of their body to move the ball.
Keep in mind that it is unlawful to impede your opponent from playing so any blocking or slide tackling should be done carefully. Otherwise, you will be hit with a penalty kick which will essentially give your opposing team a point.
You may use your body to essentially shield the ball from other players without having direct contact. This will help you maintain possession of the ball. This is a safe way to defend the ball.
Any and all of these tactics should be practiced. You should always consult your coach before trying any of these maneuvers to make sure you are performing them correctly.