Dribbling for Possession

Turning Away from Pressure

In order to win a team must be able to maintain possession of the ball. To possess players must be able to keep the ball. Training players in the art of keeping possession thru dribbling and passing is an important step in this process.. So many players want to get the ball and attack the defender, attack the goal and score. This is a great choice in the right situation, but often the ball ends up in the other teams’ possession. Instead of attacking an opponent with the ball they must be skilled in the art of turning with the ball. Then they will maintain possession and possession leads to winning.

To be successful there are three keys for dribbling to maintain possession and a fourth that is highly recommended to be successful. Focus on the first three adding the fourth after the moves can be done successfully with ease.
Keys to dribbling for possession.

1) Make the move with enough time and space

When done properly it is far more difficult for the defender to tackle and win the ball as they are too far away to tackle. At least three yards is usually the appropriate distance to allow for time and space to properly make a move and maintain possession.

2) Keep the body between the ball and the opponent

Keeping the body between the defender and the ball prevents them from tackling unless they foul.

3) Accelerate away from pressure

This is to prevent the defender from a hard tackle from behind, or working back to win the ball after being beaten

4) Add a fake to freeze the defenders.

This is to be added after the moves can be done successfully with repetition. Add a feint to freeze the defender; it creates time and space to accelerate away from the defender.

Training players to use a variety of turning moves will instill in them the natural tendency to turn away from pressure and to keep their body between the opponent and the ball. The moves listed below are all moves which will focus on dribbling for possession. Teach the players to master a few of these moves such that they can do them without thinking.

The moves

All moves are described as right footed moves. The left will be involved but the ball will always end on the left foot. Train your players to do these move both ways but for easy of explanation they will be explained as if using the right foot.

The toe of the boot stop.

The move uses the toe-of-the-boot to stop the ball. As the player is dribbling with pace such that the ball is moving and the body is moving accelerate to the ball and stop the ball from moving with the toe of the boot (shoe). As the right foot is on the ball stopping the ball, the rest of the body and the left foot need to plant and transition the players weight from moving forward to stopping and moving the opposite direction. The player is now positioned between the ball and the defender. As the ball has now has stopped traveling the right foot comes off the ball, the body turns to face away from the defender. Step back to the ball, shielding the defender off the ball and accelerate away from pressure.

The outside cut

The cut involves using the outside of the boot to cut and turn away. As the player is dribbling with the ball such that the ball is moving and the body is moving on the right side, they accelerate towards the ball and a bit past it. Reach out with the right foot hooking the ball with the outside of your boot. The left foot will be the plant foot and as the ball is hooked with the right, the left will plant past the ball, hold the body weight and become the point from which the power of the turn comes from. As the ball is hooked, transition the weight to the left, plant, turn the hips through and accelerate away from pressure.

The inside cut

The turn is done using the inside of the foot. As the ball is moving on the player’s left side, they step past the ball and plant the left peg. Turn the hips thru to the left and collect the ball on the right with the inside of the right foot. Then accelerate away from pressure.

The only difference between an outside cut and an inside cut is the surface of the foot being used and is dictated by the placement ball. [Read more…]

Dribbling to Beat an Opponent

Beating the defender on the attack

Dribbling Techniques with soccer players

Taking a player one versus one has is an art; an art that should be encouraged and promoted if we are to see the exciting players who can dominate a game grow from the ranks of soccer. In every game there comes a time when the player, regardless of field position must make a move and beat the defender or lose the ball and sacrifice a scoring opportunity or allow a counter goal. Training players to make moves that can beat an opponent will lead to aggressive dangerous players who can make a difference on the field..

All moves are described as right footed moves. The left will be involved but the ball will always end on the left foot. Train your players to do these move both ways but for easy of explanation they will be explained as if using the right foot.

Remember, to be successful these moves must be internalized, so practice. This is the only way to learn.

The keys to beating a defender off the dribble are:

1) Make the move with enough time and space. (but not too much)

Players should be trained to make the move with enough time to beat the defender but not too soon as it will not throw the defender off; a good space is usually in the range of three to five yards.

dribbling soccer

2) Add body fakes such as head and shoulder fakes

Players should be trained to be deceptive. Anything that is deceptive is good. The moves can be done without body fakes, however the more of the body that becomes involved the better the fake becomes so train your players to have shoulder fakes, head fakes, hip fakes and so on as they pull these moves.

3) Use two speeds to throw the defender off

Players should be trained to have two speeds. A player who plays at one speed is predictable; easy to mark. As the player approaches the defender teach them to slow down a bit, then pull the move and accelerate past with a change of pace. This will throw the defender off, making it easier to beat them before they continue on their way with the ball still in their possession.

4) Beat them and accelerate past to get behind them.

a) Players should be trained to get behind the defender once they have beaten them. Cut behind them and get them on your back! [Read more…]

Football is Destroying Other Sports

FIFA seriously needs to do something about diving, or as you like to call it “simulating.” Now I am not the biggest football fan. To be honest my fandom extends to wherever Australia are playing internationals against sides that aren’t Oman or Vanuatu but I know that there is a big issue creeping into sport worldwide and I blame it on football.

To not only allow but seemingly encourage simulation is inspiring coaches and players from other sports to do the same. For it to be an actual tactic used in a sporting contest is beyond absurd. Sport and acting have and always should be mutually exclusive. Now we see in American Football, Rugby, Basketball and even Water Polo players staying down or even faking it to get advantages from officials. This was never in the DNA of these sports. It is seeping across sports from one source, football.

football diving
The worst place for it at the moment is here in Australia in the National Rugby League. The on field officials seemingly as blind as football referees are constantly missing illegalities in tackles but with the influence of the video replay and video referee they are staying down to halt play to give the referees time to observe video replay of it and award a penalty. Now there are so many things wrong with that that lie squarely at the feet of the National Rugby League, but the inspiration for this sort of behaviour comes from football.

These games are all beautiful in their own right and would be so much better without this in their makeup but football seems so absurdly backwards in its administration on this subject. In the same way that the NRL is using video refereeing to find illegalities, FIFA need to introduce to the big european leagues and international football, video refereeing, to determine when a player is diving and stamp it out. Not only for the good of their own game but for the good of other sports. Football will be taken more seriously worldwide if this is done bet your house on it.

FA Cup

Every football fan knows about the FA Cup, one of the most prestigious awards for teams at the top of their game, but did you know that the Football Association Challenge Cup (to give it its full title) is the oldest knockout cup competition in the world?

The FA Cup began in 1871-72, and is often considered a more glorified competition than the English League cup, which involves only the twenty teams in the Premier League and the seventy two members of the football league.

The first FA cup took place way back in the 1871-72 season and had only fifteen entries. A very modest amount considering over seven hundred took part this year!

Wanderers, a team formed by ex-public school and university players, won the very first final. They beat the Royal Engineers 1-0. The match was attended by 2000 supporters who paid a shilling for the honour.

The original trophy was made by Martin Hall and Co and cost a grand total of twenty pounds, although it was much smaller than today’s award. After Aston Villa won the cup in 1895, it was stolen from the window of a firm of football outfitters, where it was on display, and was never found.

42 clubs in total have won the FA Cup, with Manchester United winning the most times (11) followed by Arsenal (10) and Tottenham Hotspur (8).

January, 1922, saw the first turf being cut by the Duke of York, who later became King George VI, and the building of Wembley Stadium began. The Cup Final was played at Wembley every year, excluding the war years, until 2000, when it switched to the New Wembley Stadium. The first final was played in 2007. The competition has been established as one of the country’s great sporting institutions.

Sports Betting Brings a Little More Joy to Your Holiday Season!

So you’re sitting around the house, wondering what to do all of this holiday time that you have coming up. There’s only one way to really make sure that you spend the time wisely — and that’s to relax! Yes, we said it here first — you probably don’t spend nearly enough time just relaxing and letting life pas around you. We tend to live in a culture where you need to always be rushing from one place to another, but that’s not really the case. That’s not really the way it needs to be. You just need to make sure that you focus on the path ahead of you and get things done. Your relaxation is just as important as every other goal that you have in your life.

If you are already interested in gambling, then we have good news for you: sports betting brings a little more joy to your holiday season in so many ways. First and foremost, it’s something that can get you real money. During the holidays and right before the start of the New Year, this is definitely a time where people want to have extra money. Betting on the big games isn’t terribly hard, and if you’re right you can add a little extra money to your pocket. Game after game, this can really add up to a lot of money if you think about it.

We’re not saying that you should start sports betting as a second career, but we’re going to be honest — it couldn’t hurt to have this little game in tour back pocket, so to speak.

It’s also a great way to meet new people that are actually interested in the same things that you are interested in. it’s hard to think that regular people that you meet offline might not be interested in everything you are, but it’s true — some people would prefer to stay out of gambling.

And if you’re tired of explaining yourself to everyone around you, why not make sure that you can just go online and bet on all of the games that matter to you?

The online sportsbooks are always waiting for you, and always ready to help you in just about anything and everything you could possibly think of. So instead of feeling like it’s impossible to get things done, you just need to make sure that you understand your options. Why not give online sports betting a chance? You never know how much you could win!

Love Soccer But Want More Fun – Gamble The Smart Way!

Soccer fans have a lot of options when it comes to gambling. They can engage in soccer betting (also referred to as football betting), or they can pick another sport to bet on. The fun part is that betting on the big games makes you a lot more likely to not only watch the games, but to try to figure out everything related to the sport itself. It’s a great encouragement to stay active in the sports world as much as you can. The time is definitely right to make sure that you are looking at everything the right way, the first time around.

Take the casino world, for example. A lot of people see ads for casinos and get excited — but is that really the whole story at work here? Surely there’s a way to really make sure that you know what you’re getting into when it comes to any casino.

online gamble

For example, if you’re looking for a review on some of the big online casinos out there, you can definitely find it. You just need to make sure that you take action as soon as possible rather than waiting until you run out of time to gamble. Since signing up and transferring funds can be pretty fast, it’s always a good idea to move quickly. It also helps you qualify for offers a lot faster as well, and who can really pass up a good deposit bonus these days?

What we personally like about big online casinos out there is that you get such an easy to use interface. Then again, when one realizes that this is actually one of the largest casinos online, it’s easy to realize that it’s not something the casino company takes lightly. It’s very important for players to access exactly what they’re trying to access the first time around.

There are plenty of progressive jackpot games that just go with the classic casino games, meaning that you can get a guaranteed prize just for playing the game itself. That’s a lure that’s hard to resist.

The payout percentages are actually quite good, with 97.03% payout across all games of most online casinos. That’s something that you really can’t beat. It means that your odds of winning something are actually greater than you might expect.

Of course, as the old saying goes — you cannot win if you don’t play. So it’s up to you to figure out your next move.

Ronaldinho left the international stage with a red card

Ronaldinho got the chance to prove himself on the international stage in the Club World Cup with his Atletico Mineiro. They secured a spot in this Cup by winning the Copa Libertadores .

– The whole world will be watching this tournament. It’s my chance to take a place in the World Cup squad, said 33 -year-old before the Club World Cup tournament.

Ever since Brazil was awarded the 2014 World Cup, Ronaldinho’s dream has been to end the career with his national team , in the biggest tournament on home soil. When Luis Felipe Scolari once again took over the national team in late 2012,  Ronaldinho felt that his chances improved for a place in the team.

But just before the Confederations Cup, this great player  lost his national team place and the question is whether or not the dream of playing in the World Cup definitely vanished on Saturday ?

Even though he scored a great goal with an awesome free kick, he was shown a red card in the 86th minute for a hard challenge.

The contract expires

Ronaldinho’s contract with Atletico Mineiro expires in less than 2 weeks and the bronze match today might not only be his last on the international stage , but also for Mineiro .

– Everyone knows that his contract expires in December, and the president ( Alexandre Kalil ) has said that only he himself can decide what he should do, says the star’s brother and agent Roberto Assis to Radio Grenal .

Despite the red card, Atletico Mineiro won the game (3-2) after a late goal from Luan .

Refused to leave the stadium – Now they have won

20 minutes after the end of the game between Liverpool and Cardiff,  the song was still coming inside the Anfield.

”Don’t sack Mackay, Malky Mackay,

I just don’t think you understand,

Because if you sack Mackay, Malky Mackay,

You’re gonna have a riot on your hands.”

Called to mediation talks

Cardiff’s owner, Vincent Tan, had given the manager Malky Mackay an ultimatum before the game against Liverpool: Resign or be fired.

Cardiff supporters protested with banners and with songs against Tan’s decision and was also given support by the home supporters (Liverpool) who applauded their efforts. Not even the eccentric billionaire Tan could turn the blind eye  for the fans effort to keep the manager.

According to the BBC, the Malaysian withdrew his ultimatum to Mackay. Instead, the manager was called to mediation talks with the club chairman Mehmet Dalman to resolve the situation .

” Will remain manager”

In October , we managed to do so everyone could work together and we ‘ll try to do it again so everyone can move on. Now we have at least room for a dialogue which gives us an opportunity to resolve this . We want to work towards reconciliation and Vincent Tan has given us the ability to do it, says the president Dalman to the club’s website .

Last season, Mackay managed to take Cardiff back to the Premier League for the first time in 53 years . Now , the fans have thanked him by saving his job.

Right now, the manager will be Malky over the foreseeable future and will remain so if nothing else happens , says Dalman .

Why Hodgson offers a better blueprint for progress than Redknapp

I know what I said in a previous post about the England manager’s position so by all means string me up as a hypocrite but I want to say this: I’m not a fan of Harry Redknapp. I’ve never been a fan of Harry Redknapp. I said what I said at the end of the last article about giving him the job because I thought that the weight behind him was too strong to stop his appointment but happily this has not proven to be the case. Instead we see Roy Hodgson signing a four-year deal.

This is news, I think, which should be welcomed by all right-thinking football fans but of course it isn’t. The media hostility towards Hodgson has already built up to the point that his press-conference yesterday can already be best summarised as him answering the question of “why aren’t you Harry Redknapp?” over and over again. Not only is this line of questioning tedious but it is also silly and shows our media’s (and public’s) continued refusal to stare the bald facts in the face and admit that England’s players aren’t actually that good and that Redknapp’s managerial record is hardly amazing either.


But first let’s look at the records of the two managers. This shouldn’t take too long because there really is no contest. Roy Hodgson has managed sixteen teams in eight countries over the course of a career lasting thirty-six years, Redknapp has managed five teams in England over twenty-nine years. Hodgson has, over that time, won thirteen trophies and Redknapp five (and that’s only if you include Division Three and a Division One titles with Bournemouth and Portsmouth respectively and the Intertoto Cup with West Ham in 1999, which isn’t actually a tournament).

We could also discount Redknapp’s FA Cup win with Portsmouth in 2008 as unworthy of consideration because it was won in a final against lower-league Cardiff (notwithstanding a lucky victory against Man Utd. in the semi-finals) and with a team bought with money Portsmouth didn’t have. Hodgson’s other achievements include getting the Swiss national team to the last-16 of the 1994 World Cup (which England didn’t qualify for incidentally) and, famously, taking Fulham to the final of the UEFA Cup in 2010, where they lost to Athletico Madrid in extra time, a run which also included famous victories against Juventus and Hamburg. Furthermore, since he left Switzerland the academy system he set up there has been credited with bringing through many talented young Swiss players. The only thing Redknapp has done which I consider even close to that in terms of upsetting the odds is when he won promotion to the Premiership in 2002/03 with an unfancied Portsmouth team (which is undeniably impressive).

Redknapp has had his most consistent success with Portsmouth, where for the most part he was spending beyond his means on players who weren’t always that good. The only time we see that kind of ‘wheeler-dealer ’Arry’ style for which he’s so famour is in the 2006/07 season where he bought in thirteen players for only £1.3 million but either side of that we have huge splurges of cash (£20.4 million in 2008/09 and £37.6 million in 2007/08).

And look where that spending has got Portsmouth now. Of course, as England manager Redknapp would not have had to balance financial books but the whole experience doesn’t say much for his grasp of the big picture or, indeed, his ability to spot a player. For every Sol Campbell who has played well there’s been a Ognjen Koroman who has seriously underperformed. Redkanpp’s reputation as a great picker of players is based on people casually name-checking his successes and not noticing that, generally speaking, he tends to buy a large volume of players, the majority of whom don’t do anything special.

I’m not going to say that Hodgson’s signings have all been undiluted successes, nor has he done as well everywhere he’s been as he has done at other clubs. Certainly not. But what I am trying to say is that the guff surrounding Redknapp is, just that, guff. His popularity with the sports writers derives not from a consistent period of success in different countries with small clubs over a long period of time but rather the fact that he basically tells these sports writers what they want to hear. I’m sure he’s probably an easy guy to get along with but that hardly qualifies him to manage England. Again, it comes back to results and I just don’t think Redknapp has ever done particularly well outside of his two times at Portsmouth. Sure his Spurs team are near the top of the table but they’re in danger of losing out in the Champions League and, let us not forget, they had got to three fifth place finishes in a row under Martin Jol so it’s not as if he was starting out with a team of relegation candidates.

“But what about his time at Liverpool?” cry Hodgson’s naysayers, and with some justification. I don’t particularly wish to defend his six months there but I would point out that he was working under a far more constrained budget than Kenny Dalglish has been (Dalglish has spent an estimated £115 million on nine players since he took over). In any event, Dalglish’s time has not seen, beyond an underwhelming Carling Cup victory against Cardiff and an upcoming FA Cup final against Chelsea, a marked recovery in league position. They remain much as they were when Rafa Benitez departed: an upper-mid-table team with good fans and a big history. Besides, to judge Hodgson on six months in a career with has lasted almost four decades seems to be more than a bit harsh.

But do I think Hodgson is going to get the four years in charge which he clearly deserves/needs? No. The knives are already out for him and when England predictably do badly at this summer’s European Championships (there is a decent chance they won’t get out of the group and no chance at all that they’ll win it) all the sports writers will sharpen their pens and, with no evidence whatsoever, claim that everything will have been alright if Harry Redknapp had been manager. You could hear it all weekend on the radio as, one by one, various journalists had to glumly admit that their golden boy wasn’t going to be the next manager. It was depressing not just because of the way they fawned over Redknapp but also because of the predictability of what is going to come. It will be as it was with Capello; suddenly it is going to become the manager’s fault that his team can’t put together simple passing moves or defend long balls over the top. I was thinking about this issue with some of my friends and came to the conclusion that, at most, there are three players in the probable England line-up who could reasonably be called ‘World Class’: Joe Hart, Ashley Cole and Wayne Rooney. English fans need to grow up and realise that this is not going to change by just a change of manager.

I mean, this team would not win the Championships if Jesus Christ Himself came down from Heaven and guided the team to the finals after feats of glory and heroism unseen since the days of mythology (and He would still face criticism after the failure). Three years ago Stefan Szymanski and Simon Kuper published Why England Lose, a book which magnificently demonstrated that, if anything, England probably overachieves and, with the current crop of players, we’re not going to win anything any time soon.

And this is the key point. Will England win Euro 2012 under Hodgson? No. Would they have won it under Redknapp? No. Will they win either of World Cup 2014 or Euro 2016 under either of those managers? Probably not but I think they stand an outside chance in the latter under Hodgson. If we have faith in Hodgson and let him install his vision for English football all the way from youth level up, then do England have a better chance of wining tournaments after 2016? Yes. And that is what fans and journalists need to keep in mind before they open their mouths and bleat pathetically for Redknapp.