Today I want to introduce you to how not to slow down your attack speed when you catch ball and turn around in order to effectively increase team's overall attacking rhythm and have a greater impact on opponent's defense.
Before receiving ball, catcher quickly turns his head to left and right, observing situation on field with both sides of his body.
In this short time of a few tenths of a second, catcher must collect front and back parts with this pivoting movement:
Positions of opponent's defenders
Possible lines of attack
Where are potential shooting opportunities?
Technical point one
The body is positioned sideways in order to be able to take into account both anterior and posterior zone.
Stand sideways facing one sideline while still being able to see football, making sure you can see more areas of field clearly without turning around or turning your head as much as possible.
It is better for an attacker not to stand with his back to opponent's goal when you are always out of ball. This will cause you to lose track of situation behind you and make it easier for opposing defender to complete marking.
Second technical point
Turn your head to look.
When running without a ball, always be aware of anyone behind you marking you.
Before a teammate gives ball to himself, he must go back and watch again before catching ball.
This will allow you to consciously approach football.
Third technical point
Don't stop ball under your feet.
When you understand situation around you, you should know where there are protectors around you and where there are no protectors. The ball should be stopped directly in a neutral position at a reasonable distance from body in order to directly prepare for next move.
If you stop ball at your feet, you need to look up and down to see position of soccer ball.
How to practice
The first marker disc is where passer should be.
The second marker disc is placed about 10 meters from first marker disc and offset to one side where catcher should be.
The third logo plate is placed on other side about 10 meters from second logo plate.
Passing Hands ball to receiving side shouting "Turn around".
After receiving ball, catcher quickly dribbles ball to third marker plate.
Finally, get to third flag, and then go back to second flag and pass ball back to passer.
After going back and forth five times, swap with your teammates and then practice on other side.
Common Mistake 1
Turning your head in wrong direction.
I turned my head to observe, but I still don't know much about situation on field. This is most likely caused by wrong direction of head rotation.
If you have been able to maintain habit of turning your head in order to calmly observe field, it is best to turn your head both to left and to right.
If you can't look left and right, you can turn your head forward first.
That is, turn your head in direction where you will move ball across field.
Common Mistake 2
Turns around and misses match too soon.
Turn before your foot touches ball when ball is flying straight at you and you risk missing ball or getting under your feet.
The correct method should be to open body and extend stop leg into position facing soccer ball.
Turn from moment you touch ball with your foot.
Additional tip: Instead of looking down at your feet when you turn your head to observe, look up at a distant field situation.
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July 03, 2023