Great post Isaac
Originally Posted by Lehuynhduc
Thats because Youth and Amateurs are supposed to be fun. You dont wanna break your legs for nothing, and you dont wanna hurt your opponents either in amateur games.
Actually, Isaac has a very valid point. When making a block tackle (the most common form of tackle where a player uses the widest part of his foot i.e. the instep) to 'block' the ball from getting past him), it's extremely important to put your whole weight into the tackle.
If you go into such a challenge half-heartedly, it could lead to serious damage of your ankle/leg, especially if the attacking player happens to take a swing as you tackle. I had a bad experience in a similar situation, where a player was about to take a shot, and because I was scared of getting injured, I just placed my foot in front of the ball instead of getting my body weight behind the tackle. I ended up sidelined for 2 weeks :thmbdown:
No matter what the level of competition, you should always commit 100% to your tackles, for your own safety. There's a big difference between practising safety in football and taking a full swing at the ball when defending against a player from the local U-9's team.
Another important thing when challenging for the ball is to not be afraid of physical challenges. I started playing indoor soccer at 16, and was usually up against guys who were often 10 years older than me. I have a fairly decent touch, but when I first started playing, I spent a lot of my time being shoved off the ball by the shoulders.
You don't necessarily have to be extremely physically strong to deal with this problem; again, it's all about commitment. If you're challenging for a loose ball and the player you're up against knows how to use his body to stop you from getting to it, the only solution is to play the same game and do a bit of push and shove. It's not the cleanest part of the game, but hey, that's football