The forehead is the safest and most effective part of the head to use. So get yourself into the best position and get the timing of your headers right.
Technical Model for Heading
- Use Forehead
- Arms extended for balance
- Knees bent with feet together while jumping out for the ball and arms out
- Movement of nick with arched back while hitting the ball
As you can observe from the pictures above it shows images of the county player carrying out the skill of heading the football in different images starting with lining up for the header and moving on to head the ball.
If you want to play a low pass with enough strength to get past an opponent then you'll need to use the instep and drive through the ball.
It is great for splitting a defence because you can get enough power on the ball to place it past a defender.
But still keep the ball on the ground and make it easy for a team-mate to run on to.
Technical model of passing
- Non-kicking foot at side of back
- Strike with side of foot
- Follow through in line of intended to pass
- Strike ball with touching the mid-point
The football block tackle technique is an essential skill, because any team must be able to win the ball. If you cannot tackle you are left relying on intercepting passes when your opponents make a mistake. Tackling allows you to compete for the ball, and take the initiative.
Technical Model of Tackling
- Attack the player with non-tackling foot anchored on the ground
- Use inside of foot to tackle
- Use weight as advantage
- Head down looking at the ball
Dribbling flicks and tricks in football or soccer are fun to do, and great for getting past defenders, creating space. Dribbling skill can be used for running and beating defenders, and creating space to shoot or pass the ball.
Technical Model for Dribbling
- Receive and pass the ball
- Dribble ball with inside of foot and outside
- one or two touches or may mean using more touches and bursting into spaces when appropriate
Point scored for skills
After observing my player I have come to a conclusion that comparing my performer to the technical models I can score my player of what actions he took to achieve the skill.
I have given points out of four because there are four main points in the technical mode. So evaluating the observation I produced the following results shown below
Strengths and Weakness of Performer
As the performer carried out the skill of shooting I observed him several times while he took shots at the goals to score pass the goalkeeper. There were several weakness he had and strengths as they are bulleted below.
- He kept the ball low on the ground by his feet and not too far so a defender could acquire the ball from him. He manages to do this by having his non-kicking foot on the side which did not cause obstruction and led to advantage of getting the ball to the other side and taking the shoot.
- As he moved towards the goal he took a shoot which had accuracy right at the goals which was not to wide or high which meant he did not sacrifice his shot and there was a higher percentage of him scoring. He carried out this by using his arms for balance which led to taking the shot and having his non-kicking foot beside him for the right technique.
- A general weakness he had was he did not follow through the ball meaning as he took the shot which did not have lot of power in it which led the other side of getting the ball giving them an advantage.
- Another weakness was as he took the shot he did not try to aim for a corner or strike the ball with an instep which led to less accuracy of the ball and less advantage of scoring a goal.
I asked my performer to carry out the skill of heading several as the occurrence of the skill was extremely fast I could not observe it promptly. Once I used the camcorder to evaluate the skill to I attained several weakness and strengths.
- As the performer moved towards the ball to carry out the skill he focused on the ball, which was an advantage as give him better concentration for obtaining his goal
- In addition of focusing on the ball he bended his knee’s to generate power while the ball was coming towards him
- The performer did not try to move into a line while the ball was coming towards him.
- While performing the skill he had a big fault of not having balance while jumping out for the ball because he did not use his arms.
After carrying the skills of shooting and heading I moved to observe my player carry out passing skills. After observing him a few times I realised he had weakness and strengths.
- He concentrated on the ball which led to using the side of his foot to pass not his front part of foot which kept the ball at a slow pace and the performer having time to striking the ball at the mid point.
- As he carried out the skill again another strength I realised was he always followed thought with ball which generated power for the ball to get to the other players.
- A grim weakness was that he never tried to keep the ball close to his feet when he was going pass. This happened because the performer did not try to keep his non-kicking foot on the side
When the performer moved on to carry out his dribbling flicks and tricks to get past other player he lost the ball to the other side very often which the reason for this was he weakness but did have some strengths.
- Several weaknesses appeared in dribbling but a common mistake was he did not use one or two touches and burst into space when appropriate. He used four or five large touches which led the ball appearing 25-30cm away from him leaving other player advantage of retrieving the ball.
- He did not use the inside and outside of foot while dribbling he intended to use the front of the foot which led to mistakes.
The performer I was observing did not have lot of strengths in dribbling as he was very nervous while having the ball dribbling was a weakness for the performer.
- While he was carrying out dribbling I realised he did try to receive the ball and pass regularly.
While observing my performer carry out tackling other members of the team I realised he did not hesitate as he felt it was quality in him for tackling players. I did evaluate some weakness and strengths while he carried out the skill.
- A common sight was the performer kept using his inside foot to tackle other player which meant he had firm grip while using the inside foot as he had better balance.
- Another advantage was he used his body weight to his advantage by getting possession of the ball and while another player came to tackle him he shielded the ball using his boy weight.
- One weakness which led the performer losing the ball frequently was that he never kept eye on the ball by moving his head down in intervals and knowing the position of the ball which this led other player approaching him and tackling him.
Following the task of observing my performer and comparing him to a technical model and county player and making conclusions of his strengths and weakness I have realised there some skills that my performer can carry out with lots of strengths and no weakness but some have lots of weakness which he need to work on to become a better performer.
I have made a conclusion of that the weakest skill of my performer is dribbling. I realised that when he had possession of the ball and tried to tricks and manage to get past other player he would lose the ball which gave advantage to the other side.
For my player he got access to lot equipment to try and practise to the skill of dribbling. My player has access to lots of different types of pitches such as a sports hall, grass fields and weather pitch which has access to floodlights to train and has facilities of the college such as camcorders and other students and teachers which can observe him and record him carry out the skill and teach were he is going wrong. Also the performer has access to professional performer which can help do tasks as going around cones and teach activities he can do to improve. Most of the equipment my performer needs he has access to it through his college.
If my player wants to consider improving in dribbling he needs to take some steps such as his body position when he has possession of the ball. I have realised that when he has the ball he keeps the ball away from distance of 70-80 meters which means other player can get access to it very effortlessly. Also my performer should consider trying and using the outside and inside of foot when he is dribbling the ball and should try not getting nervous.
My performer has minor problems with other skills but if he wants to be a better player he needs to take on other player and get to the other side and the score. For the performer to do this he needs to improve on dribbling.
I haven chosen dribbling as a skill for my performer to improve on because after evaluating the tables and observing him I came to a conclusion that if he improves on dribbling as it is a weakness he will be able to participate in the game more and bring advantage it his team has he would have a wider area of skill in football. Also I have realised that for my performer to improve on dribbling want be a problem as he has access to all facilities I have mentioned and have improvement it would benefit him.
Name of book-Starting Soccer (First Skills S.)
Release date-oct 2004
Publisher: E.D.C. Publishing; Revised edition
Name of book-Football Skills and Drills
Release date-July 2004
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers; 3rd edition (July 6, 2004)
Name of book-Step-By-Step Soccer Skills: Training * Techniques * Tactics * Skills * Fitness
Release Date-(September 1, 2000)
Name-Paul Fitcher(football Academy Player)
Part of Huddersfield New College
Title-All The Right Moves - To Beat and Get Past Your Opponent
DVD Release Date: August 1, 2000