Friday, October 22, 2010

How To Play Defense

Some athletes and sports fans will tell you that the best defense is a good offense. I have to disagree, not only because I play defense, but because without an adequate defense, your entire team is able to be easily scored on. If you do have a good offense and score 10 goals in one game but get scored on with 11 goals, then your team still loses. Reason why I feel defense is still necessary even with a good offense.
Defense is a team effort. There are 11 players on the field, so why not utilize every single one? Many people think that a forward’s job is simply to score. Yes, that is an extremely crucial part of their job as forward but forwards are still required to play defense just as defenders are required to play offense as well. When playing against such goliath of players like Messi, Ronaldo, Ronaldinho, etc. it is extremely tough to play defense with just one defender. Going up against a more advanced player takes patience. Knowing they have the skill and talent to beat you at any given moment, you, as a defender, need to play smarter, not harder. The way to do this is by waiting until the right moment to attack and steal the ball. The best opportunity for this is right as the player with the ball makes a mistake. By remaining patient and waiting the opportune moment, no player will be able to get past you. 

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