Football (soccer)/Defensive Skills
A defender, in soccer/football, is a player who is an outfield player who tries to prevent from the opposing player from attacking (Simply, getting passed them to the goal). Defenders are somewhat like "mini goalies". But they don't use their hands and they are outfield players.
Tackling for the ball
"Tackling" does not refer to punching and kicking and violence; if used so, they would be given a red card and be sent off the pitch. Instead, tackling refers to diving with the ball, to get the ball. Have confidence of getting the ball.
The picture on the right is a perfect example of what a Defender must do if the player gets "annoying". Tackling, in soccer/football, refers to diving, sliding down to the ball and snatch the ball with your feet. And then pass it to a player which is up closer to the goal.
Skills & Moves
- Tackling - As mentioned above, tackling is the best way for Defenders to prevent the ball getting passed them.
- When having the ball, take care to go fast and keep the ball away from the other opposite team's player.
- Dribbling - When passing through the opposing team to pass the ball to a forward. Make sure you are fast on your feet and all eyes on the ball too. Make sure you move swiftly with the ball, tapping it while dribbling. Then, pass it on to another defender who is up on the field, or usually, a forward.