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The question is how to be composed on the ball. I'm a guy who plays defense, and is very nervous. Can someone help me?
 

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Gotta be a ballah.

Shot callah.

20 inch blades on the Impala.

Sorry, sorry, I just think of that when I think about dribbling. I will post a long thing about it tomorrow, if Faisal doesn't, about how to become composed. WITHOUT doing weed. :D
 

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Your problem is probably that you don't want to recieve the ball. For instance if you're looking to recieve the ball, and really want it at your feet, if the ball breaks you'll be decisive, be on the move early and pick it up. Now if you're defence and short of confidence and the ball breaks, you'll probably be thinking "shít I hope someone else gets to that before me" and you'll be less decisive about going to get the ball. Really that means you have less time of the ball to control it and pick a pass than you would if you were decisive.

Another thing is to just be thinking ahead. Anticipate when you'll recieve the ball, and think what you'll do with it before you actually recieve it.
 

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Situations like I recieve the ball, and it seems that when someone else receives it they can always find someone to pass too, but I can't find anyone to pass too, I just hoof it up, and we lose possesion :(
 

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yeah balls used to bounce off me like mad, but i got comfortable with control, practice recieving the ball and passing it off quickly..u have to be confident of ur first touch, ie, practice passing the ball against the wall and then control it, pass it off again, or do it with a friend.

after ur control is good, make sure u look up a lot and keep an eye on ur teammates around you, generally if u are fast u will know who to past to next u have to be one step ahead. think fast and know what you are going to do, u aren't afforded much time when playing.

be confident in your own abilities, and the only way you can be really confident is by practicing basic skills.
 

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Right.

Someone who isn't confident will never be a good dribbler. You have to want the ball, desire the ball. When you get the ball, your goal shouldn't be not to mess up, your thought is "What can I do to help my team"? Passing the ball every time will never do this. When you get the ball your first thought should never be to pass.

Sure, passing is vital in football, but taking a man on and beating him gives you more time and space to pick out a telling pass or a great shooting opportunity, so that you stand a better chance at the goal.

To be composed in dribbling and passing, you just gotta relax, and think about what's best for the team next. If your team is down a goal you need to pick the pass or move that will lead to a goal scoring opportunity. If you're up, then you need to pick out passes that are lower risk but that will keep possession on your team's behalf. You must think about what to do ahead of time so you don't panic when the time comes.
 

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Right.

Someone who isn't confident will never be a good dribbler. You have to want the ball, desire the ball. When you get the ball, your goal shouldn't be not to mess up, your thought is "What can I do to help my team"? Passing the ball every time will never do this. When you get the ball your first thought should never be to pass.

Sure, passing is vital in football, but taking a man on and beating him gives you more time and space to pick out a telling pass or a great shooting opportunity, so that you stand a better chance at the goal.

To be composed in dribbling and passing, you just gotta relax, and think about what's best for the team next. If your team is down a goal you need to pick the pass or move that will lead to a goal scoring opportunity. If you're up, then you need to pick out passes that are lower risk but that will keep possession on your team's behalf. You must think about what to do ahead of time so you don't panic when the time comes.

Actually, the first thing he wants to do when receiving the ball is to pass. He's a defender.

You need to analyze the situation when you don't have the ball. Don't just look at the ball and the player that carry the ball. Look for your teammates that are not marked. So when they decide to pass the ball to you, you already know what to do.
 

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Actually, the first thing he wants to do when receiving the ball is to pass. He's a defender.
This keeps happening to me. :sigh:

Oh well, as a defender when you get the ball your goal shouldn't be to just hoof it as far away from goal as you can (at least most of the time) because that just invites more pressure on your team.

You have to be aware 100% of the time so you'll know the passes you have when you get the ball, so you won't have to make the split-second decisions of a midfielder or foward.

Something else is always be prepared to use your goalkeeper. This relieves the pressure on yourself and the whole defense, even if just for a second. If you can, you want to pass it off to a fellow team mate. But something that is grossly underused on the youth levels is the goalkeeper as a 12th player. You must use your goalkeeper whether you're just trying to pass the ball around the back, escaping attacking pressure, etc. etc.

Always realise that if you are under intense pressure from the other team, at least nine times out of ten you'll have your goalkeeper to pass to.
 

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THese last couple of weeks have been amazing, the tip that really helped me the most was wanting to get the ball when you are open. i was always scared they'd pass the ball to me but when i lost my fear, I was a instant hit. The Auto Pilot is an idea I'd like to try but most appreciative to everyone for thier help :)
 

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be calm always..when i waz 13 i used to be so scared to get the ball..but now (18) i love havin it..even with 3 people on me and a crowd. just stay calm and try to think of what to do..sheild the ball and just think. and relax. even smile if u have to. works for me.just in a game yesterday i waz able to get out a jam like that wit 3 people on me. main key stay calm and confident
 
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