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How to Shield a Soccer Ball

Free Soccer Training video focused on How to Shield a Soccer Ball.  At Online Soccer Academy (OSA) we make BETTER Soccer Players / Football Players through FREE soccer tutorials.  We inspire athletes that if you Believe in it® and back that up with hard work, anything in life is possible. 

This Video Covers:
How to Shield a Soccer Ball - How to Control a Soccer Ball - Soccer Ball Control - How to Trap a Soccer Ball - Soccer Skills- Soccer Drills - Soccer Tutorial

 
 

How to Shield a Soccer Ball

Learn how to shield a soccer ball in this Soccer Academy training video.
Using your body to shield a soccer ball is an important skill!


Key Points:

1. Turn your body sideways between the ball and your defender. Standing sideways gives you better balance. 

2. Bend your knees and lean into your defender. Do not stand upright, as you will more easily be knocked off the ball. 

3. Use your toe studs and inside and outside of your foot farthest away from your defender to control the ball. 

4. Use your arm to feel where your defender is but don't grab them with your hands as that is usually a foul. 

5. Spin away from the defender when possible. If you feel the defender come up your left side, spin to your right. 


Equipment Needed: 

You need a ball and a partner. If you don't have a partner then just imagine you are playing against a defender. 



Exercise Player Can Do: 

Start off in your correct shielding the ball position against your defender. Once ready say go. Your partner, the defender, applies 50% pressure and pretends to try and win it while you shield the ball. Do this for the 30 seconds. Then rest and repeat 5 times and then switch with your partner.

Once you feel comfortable with your technique have the defender apply full pressure and see how long you can shield the ball. Do this 5 times and switch with your partner. 

If you don't have a partner to train with then imagine you are playing against a defender. 


What Player Could Be Doing Wrong: 

If you are getting knocked off the ball easily then you are off balance and too upright. Turn your body sideways for better balance, bend your knees and lean into the defender. 


Bonus Tip:

Be aggressive and mentally strong when shielding the ball. Don't "Hope" that you keep the ball away from the defender, believe 100% that you own the ball and the defender is not going to win it. 


This Video Covers:
How to Shield a Soccer Ball - How to Control a Soccer Ball - Soccer Ball Control -
How to Trap a Soccer Ball - Soccer Skills- Soccer Drills - Soccer Tutorial