Youth Soccer Drills & Skills : How to Play Defender: Soccer Positions


My name is Tim Boucher soccer coach of LaSalle
Academy for Expert Village. One of the biggest keys to a soccer team is your defense. Some
people call them full backs or backs, these are your guys that are your last line of defense
before you get to your goal keeper. Defenders, you have one of the most important jobs in
your team, cause the key is being able to support each other. The key is learning how
to contain and not just attack. As someone is dribbling towards you, instead of just
attacking the ball you want to come back and support the person before you attack the ball
you want to stay with them. You always want to make sure as well defenders that you know
where your goal is. You want to stay between your man and the goal, because if you’re not,
if you’re off to the side, that’s a nice easy shot for the other team to have on the goal.
Making sure that you support each other, it is your job. You play your position from your
end line all the way to mid field on the defensive end and you usually stay in between those
positions and not pushing all the way forward. You want to stay back and stay in control.

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