How To Beat A Defender In Soccer - Great Tips To Beat A Defender In Soccer

Uploaded by EpicSoccerTraining on 25.09.2012

How to Beat a Defender in Soccer
Hey guys. Matt from Epic Soccer Training. I want to take you through a video that's
how to beat a defender in soccer.
OK, guys. This is a video I've kind of been wanting to do now because there's a cool little
trick that I had learned from one of my coaches who was actually he was the high school coach
of the nation for all sports. So you can't really get much better teaching than that.
So what I want to do is I want to explain one quick, simple trick of how to beat a defender
in soccer. So I actually want to bring Chas on here.
The idea of this is to have a partner. Work your way down the field. But when you notice
defenders, most of the time, if they're actually playing correct defense I'm going to do a
separate video on how to play defense in soccer as well. But this is just how to beat a defender
in soccer.
So we're going to stick at more of the offense. A defender is usually playing if they're playing
properly, they're pushing you to your opposite foot. They're pushing you to your weaker foot
and they're also going to have one foot in front and it's called jockeying. So what you
do is you come in and then they bounce back and they're going to be jockeying you.
A lot of defenders when you're just starting out, luckily when you're not playing professionally
or at a high level, they will be playing pretty flat which is pretty easy. If Chas just wants
to get around me to do a little meg or something or let me see. Borrow real quick. Or if you're
coming on a defender who's flat-footed, I guess this is another trick. If he's playing
flat-footed, play the ball around him because what's going to happen is his body weight
is going to be all back on his heels but again, OK, that's for the more simple guys.
But again, if you're having a defender who's playing proper defense, they're pushing you
one direction. They're going to be pushing you or trying to get you to go in front of
them and the reason they want to get you to go in front of them is because all it takes
is one motion to jump in and steal the ball, you know, which you can see there.
If you learn to actually take a defender along his backside, that's actually the tip that
I want to teach you because what happens when that happens is if you just see the simple
movement. Now I have to shift my body. I have to turn and then I have to move and sprint
to go back and get it whereas if you're going across, all you have to do is step in and
steal it.
So what I want you to work on is if Chas is playing defense here let me do it kind of
far so we can do at least a little bit. If I get the ball, Chas is coming to play defense,
what I want you to do is have your partner push you to one direction or the other and
kind of take their lead.
So if he's pushing me this way, I'm going here and then learn to go down their backside
a little bit and again, you're going to be going at a much quicker pace. You're going
to be going at about 80 percent to a full sprint. They're going to be backing up. They
should be backing up as fast as they go.
So if Chas is coming at me, and he's taking me on, you're working goal! So you're working
along his backside and you really want to kind of push the pace because you don't want
to go at some slow, ridiculously lethargic pace. You know, that's not going to get you
any better.
So what I want you to learn, if you're learning how to beat a defender in soccer, one of the
big things that coaches really won't teach you because they don't know unless you're
getting coaches who have their national A license or B or C or someone who's higher
up is to really learn to focus on how the defender is playing you.
You know, sometimes they will be over-committing and you can just go blow right by them. Sometimes
they will be playing flat-footed and you can meg them. You can push it down one side and
go around them on the other which you will see a lot of players do down the wings as
well because they have more room to kind of push the ball and sprint ahead.
But really especially if you're playing center-mid attacking and I get a lot of questions like
this is to always learn to play on the backside of people. So you can go around them. They're
going to have to shift their body weight and then you're already around and now you're
looking for the next two on one with your team mates.
So again, that's just a quick video I want to teach you of how to beat a defender in
soccer. Comment, like, subscribe. Do all that. Let me know what you guys think because I'm
here to help you guys out as well.
I promise I will do a video on defending. I haven't forgotten you defenders but also
if you want to see more tips of how I went from being just an average soccer player to
playing professionally and being in All-American as well, just click the link below this video
right now and I will see you guys in the next lesson. Take care.