Skills and Techniques
As a midfielder passing is an essential part of my game. I would consider passing as a strength which I poses. I feel that I am competent with the two main passing techniques. I feel that the pass with the side of my foot “the push pass” is carried out with sufficient accuracy and power. This allows me to play a pass in a game over a small or average size distance with ease and also with a high degree of accuracy.
The technique I use shows similarities to the “model” technique (Reference Sheet 1).My kicking foot is turned outward so the side of my foot makes a clean contact with the ball. Also I feel that my non kicking foot is in the correct position. Added to this I fell that I always keep my eyes on the ball until I have carried out the pass. This is shown as a key part of the technique shown in the “model” technique.
My long passing or the “instep pass” is accurate and is of sufficient power. My kicking foot makes clean contact through the “mid-line” of the ball in order to increase both power and accuracy. My non kicking foot is placed at the side of the ball allowing me to stabilise my body position and to make a support for body which then allows a cleaner contact with the ball.
The technique I use resembles that of the “model” technique (Reference Sheet 2). This allows me to be confident when passing over a longer distance as I know I am doing everything correctly. As I am more confident knowing that I am performing the skill correctly this causes the number of errors I make to decrease.
As a midfielder, heading is a part of my game that I must be competent with. I feel that this is 1 of my main strengths. I believe that I win a larger percent of headers in midfield i.e. from set pieces or from open play. Also I feel that when heading for goal my heading is accurate and a sufficient amount of power is generated in order to trouble the goal keeper.
Courage and Bravery come a lot into heading. If a player is scared of heading the ball then they will simply not attempt to head the ball. Bravery is also needed when you have the risk of clashing heads with an opposing player. I feel that when I attempt to head the ball I am confident and brave and that the result will see me winning the header.
When heading I feel that I follow the “model” for heading (Reference Sheet 3). I believe that I keep my eyes on the ball until I have headed the ball. Also I feel that I follow the “model” when it comes to heading the ball. This shows that the back should be arched which helps as a lever bringing the head forward to strike the ball with force and power. The nodding of the head at the final stage of the movement helps to direct the ball and also creates more power.
As Stated previously tackling is essential to a midfielder. This is a very important skill as it allows a player to break down an attack and turn it into attack for his own team. I feel that tackling is 1 of my strengths in my game.
As well as the technique of tackling I feel that the attributes of Bravery, Aggression and Anticipation play key parts. You must be brave to attempt to challenge for the ball. When aggressive I feel that I have a better chance of coming away from the challenge having won the ball. Anticipation is key as it allows me to determine what the opposing player will do next.
I believe that when tackling I follow the “model” for tackling. I stay on my feet and pressure the opposing player. I try to anticipate accurately what the opposing player will do and attempt to challenge for the ball when I am still on my feet. If I am unsuccessful or the opposing player beats me I will then try to go to ground in the form of a slide tackle to win the ball.
Strategies and Tactics
I feel that my competitiveness in a game is one of my key tactics. In some situations I feel that been competitive may break the rules but in the long term may benefit the team. I feel that this is part of my personal tactics during a game.
If an opposing player runs clear through on goal and it is more than likely they will score it would be in the interests of the team to challenge the player even though the possibilities of winning the ball are slim.
When competing in a game I feel that my support play is a good strategy which I use. I feel that I try to support the forwards at every opportunity. This allows an easier option for my forwards to pass to. As this aids the attack there is more chance of creating a goal scoring opportunity. In the attack been prolonged the time that my defence has to recover is increased.
As a midfielder I need to protect my defence. One tactic which I use during a match is only used in the first 10 minutes. During this time I will protect my defence. This might mean that I never move out of the centre circle. However this allows my team to get a good start in the game. When I feel that my team has good possession and are comfortable I will begin to try and attack more.
Another strategy which I use in a game comes from an offensive set piece. On the set play I stand at an angle on the edge of the box (Reference Sheet 4, Player A5). This allows me to strike the ball towards goal if the ball breaks loose on the edge of the area, but it also allows me to regain possession if the offensive set piece is over hit.
Playing football requires a very high fitness level. As a midfielder I feel that my stamina and aerobic endurance levels are of a high standard. This allows me to last a full 90 minutes. I believe that this allows me to support my forwards but also allows me to get back to help out the defence. I also feel that this allows me to help my team at the end of the game when opposing players are tired. I can close opposing players down or beat them to the ball in order to create a goal scoring opportunity. As the majority of goals are scored in the last 15 minutes of games I believe that my high stamina levels help to defend my teams lead or help my team to score when needed.
When evaluating my performance I often feel my strength is very good. I believe that playing in midfield particularly, that strength is very important. My upper body strength allows me to shrug off opposition players and also to knock opposing players off the ball. Also my strength allows me to be strong when challenging for headers.
When playing I feel that I have a good balance and also good coordination. Balance allows me to stay on my feet at awkward times and coordination allows me to move with a certain degree of accuracy in a smooth manner.
Both of these types of specific fitness allow me to stay on my feet when been challenged and also allow me to be balanced correctly when either challenging for the ball on the floor or when challenging for the ball in the air.
Skills and Techniques
As a midfielder shooting is a key skill needed in my game. However, I would class this as 1 of my weaknesses. I believe that my technique is at fault which leads to my accuracy decreasing. When comparing my technique to the “model” for shooting I believe that my non kicking foot is in the correct position. However when I try to strike the ball with added power I tend to drag the ball wide of the goal. I feel that this must be caused by my contact foot striking the ball in a position which is not in the vertical mid line of the ball. As well as this I believe that I do not follow through in a straight line after I have made contact with the ball. This is why I believe I have the problem of hitting the target during a game
The inability to hit the target on a regular basis may cause my team to lose game which is why my weaknesses need to be identified and solved.
I believe that my crossing is an area of my game which is not as good as it should be. Again I believe that this is caused by pressure which causes me to strike the ball not in the vertical mid line of the ball. During a game my inaccuracy to cross may lead to a good goal scoring opportunity been wasted. Choosing the correct time when to cross the ball also seems to be 1 of my weaknesses. I feel that my crosses need to be delivered into the box sooner. This may lead to a better chance of one of my team mates scoring.
When playing in midfield the ability to beat an opposing player with the ball is needed. However I feel that this is perhaps my biggest weakness. The ability to run with the ball under close control seems to be my main problem.
The “model” for the technique of dribbling follows 4 main elements:
- Close control
- Tricking and unbalancing an opponent
- Change of direction
- Change of pace
I feel that I need to improve in all 4 of these elements before I will be competent with dribbling. My inability to beat an opponent by dribbling will stop me from taking defenders out of the game. By not beating a player I am not creating a numerical advantage for my team which decreases the likelihood of creating a goal scoring opportunity.
Linked to my weakness of shooting are Free Kicks. I feel that the same problem which applies to my shooting and crossing is the same for free kicks. As well as this I blame my inaccuracy down to the lack of inexperience of free kicks. I feel nervous when taking free kicks; this is down to the infrequency of them I have had.
As a midfielder I feel that all of these 4 main weaknesses need to be improved. If I improve these then I will be a more all round competent player.
Strategies and Tactics
I feel that my main weakness is when I become over aggressive due to the fact of my competitiveness. I believe that when I become over aggressive the accuracy and performance in all the different parts of my game decrease. Becoming over aggressive also leads me to be more likely to argue with officials which may result in me receiving a caution.
Sometimes I feel my decision making is not the best. I sometimes hold on the ball for too long which can lead to me losing possession for my team. This is linked to my awareness. I feel that this also needs to be improved. My poor awareness can lead to me rushing when in fact I have more time to think about the decision.
When players of a high standard are in trouble or are unaware of their surroundings they simply look around. I feel that learning to raise my head more may be the solution to my lack of awareness.
Although I believe my fitness levels to be a high I feel that I am not as flexible as I should be. As I am not as flexible as other players I will use up more energy also I am more likely of getting injured as my joints are less flexible. I tend to often pull or twinge my quadriceps which may be prevented by improving my flexibility.
Also I feel that my speed is not as good as it should be. I often find that I am unable to beat the last defender as I do not posses enough speed. This needs to be improved as I need to be able to beat players to the ball, especially in midfield as this is where the game is won or lost. As well as speed I feel that my reaction time is not as good as it should be. This may lead me been bypassed by the ball. All of these fitness weaknesses are essential for a midfielder and I see them as an area which needs to be improved.