As the backbone of the team, the defense has a very important role in the team as they are the last line between the opposing team striker and the goalie. Defenders have grit and will do whaterever it takes to stop the other team from scoring.
a typical trait of a defender is they hang back and protect the backline as well as server as options for the midfileders when they need someone to pass the ball to.
If you are a defender you have a very dificult job, and sometimes aren’t as appreciated as the midfielders and the forwards, but know that because of your mental thoughness and determination, the team suceeds.
Below you will find five tips on being a better defender:
1. Be Aggressive
The best defenders in the world are the ones who are not afraid to make the strong tackle and put their body on the line. Be aggressive, attack the ball with your head and get in front of the shot.
Be the kind of defender that is so aggressive that opposing players are scared to grab the ball, you want them to feat you.
Although you are aggresive, make sure you aren’t the type of player that loses their temper. A harsh tackle can cost your team the game, you don’t want to be the guy that messes up the game for the whole team.
2. Overlap and Cover
The wingers can move up on the field to cross the ball, and if your winger is a great one he will also cover you when you make a run upfield.
Cover your ground, and make sure you are not left alone in the dust because you are not able to recover, you can also try to overlap or run down the sideline when your winger has the ball. The opposing player might try and pressure you, but odds are they will be confused and stand still.
While he is confused, you will be open as long as the winger doesn’t turn and follow you, which will give you ample time to get rid of the ball.
3. Delay great dribblers
Be the defender that great dribblers respect and will not try their fancy footwork on you. A deadly dribbler on the opposition can make a huge difference, but a great defender makes even more difference.
Recognize these great dribblers on the opposing team and delay them. Be aware that good dribblers can avoid your tackle and get past you before you know what to do, so be aware so you don’t pay the fool.
4. Clear the ball
In high pressure situations make sure you know to to properly clear a ball.
When clearing a ball, your first choice should be to kick it on the field, if that’s not able to happen, clear it out for a throw in as further away from your goal as possible. If you can’t do either of these, your last resort should to clear it for a corner.
Keep in mind that a good clear gives your team the chance to regroup.
5. Work together
If you are a defender and are doing it alone, know that what you do is useless. Defenders need to work with both defenders and midfielders to be as effective as possible.
Make sure you coordinate with other defenders on who will mark who, when to double team, or when to use the offside trap.
If you get beaten, when working in a group, your other teammates should be able to cover you.
Don’t forget to always practice, practice makes perfect, those amazing players we named at the top would not be who they were if it wasn’t for practice. Don’t forget to stop by Ultimate Soccer Store for all your striker needs. From cleats to cones, to balls, Ultimate Soccer has it all.