PE coursework - football

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P.E 2.4.2

Rules Structure

As a footballer there are several rules which I need to abide by and directly link into my position which is midfield. The first rule which is one that heavily influences the game is the offside rule. This rule involves staying behind the deepest line defender before the ball has been played.

This diagram is a simple form of the offside rule. Basically the number 10 player is currently offside because he is ahead of everyone on the opposing team excluding the goal keeper. So if number 11 passed him the ball at this time he would be offside. The offside rule applies as soon as the pass has been played so the striker has to be onside as this is happening. To a midfielder this may not be as applicable to me as it would to a forward but midfielders often make forward runs so I still need to consider the following. The timing of the run is very important, for example if I make a run beyond the defenders when the player passing the ball takes a bad touch the likelihood that I will be offside is fairly high. There are a few ways of combatting this. One very important thing is to stay on your toes so that you can spring off with a good reaction time when the ball is played in comparison to someone who is flat-footed so will turn slower. It is also important to have a side on position so that you can turn quickly and effectively when the ball is played. Using this position will make it easier to see both the ball and the defender marking whilst also being able to go from standing still into sprinting. However in football the offside rule is hard to measure from referees perspective and in a lower level of football there are less likely to be linesman or the linesman aren’t that great. This means the rule can be manipulated by running ahead of the last defender just before the ball is played to get a head start as most of the time you’ll be given the benefit of the doubt. It is important to see at all times where the deepest line midfielder is so you know when you are onside/offside. Strikers such as Wayne Rooney are very good at playing the offside rule and have this extra instinct of when to make their run especially when they have good chemistry with the player passing the ball. Sometimes the Rooney will be so close to being offside but because he is so aware of where the ball is and the defenders he times it to perfection. I’m not that good at this because I’m not faced with the opportunity that many times in a game.

Another rule which plays a little less involvement is the fact that you have to stand 5 yards away from a free kick after conceding a foul. In the middle of the pitch if you concede a foul you are supposed to abide by this rule however referees aren’t very strict on this so you often see players stand next to the ball after conceding the foul. After a certain amount of time the referee will tell you to go back but after just conceding the foul you can get away with it. The reason this is done is to let your team get back into position as it give them a few seconds to do so and ultimately stops them from playing out quickly when your team’s players might have been drawn out of position. This can be linked into purposely conceding fouls. A player shouldn’t be allowed to foul someone on purpose and in some cases may result in a yellow card which is usually seen in elite football. However in local football cards are rarely given so fouls can be useful in a way. For example you have just lost the ball in an attacking position so a lot of your players have moved into attacking areas. This would be a prime time to maybe pull on the players shirt or another method of fouling to concede the foul which ultimately could have led towards the other team scoring goal. Like I said this type of thing often results in a telling off from the referee in local football whereas in elite football this would usually result in a booking. Elite players do this all the time in professional football so it is hard to pick out one specific person. A very good example of this yet extreme is Luis Suarez in the world cup. He famously stopped the ball from going in with his hands which is against the rules so is similar to what I was talking about. This resulted in him getting sent off and a penalty to the other team which they missed and his team ended up winning the game in the end. I wouldn’t personally do something as extreme as this in a game.

Another rule involves physical contact and what the limit to that is. Obviously football is a contact sport so is going to be subject to a lot of physical play. If you are too physical against another player this can lead towards a foul however there are ways of manipulating this. For example if a player has the ball and you blatantly push them it’s going to be a foul. However if say a defender is marking you, you can push off against them in order to create distance from you and the player giving you more time the ball. The referee won’t usually see this as long as it is performed with a certain amount of subtlety. Another example could be when you are defending from a corner or any other set piece and you are marking a player. Anywhere else on the pitch if you were grabbing hold of the player and pushing them around more often than not it would be a foul. In the penalty area however you can get away with doing this whilst marking a player as the referee doesn’t want to give a penalty for such a little thing. Doing this is vital to putting off the player you are marking making it a lot more difficult to make contact with the ball.

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Physical conditioning

In my specific role as a centre midfielder in football there are a few key components which affect me in a game. One of these is strength, which for a midfielder is a very important component of fitness. This is because the majority of the time in midfield you don’t have much time on the ball as there is always an opponent right behind you trying to retrieve the ball. This means strength comes into play a lot so having good strength will allow you to keep your balance on the ball whilst shielding the ball away from ...

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