Youth Soccer Tips: The Basics of 1v1 Defending
Created on Nov 20, 2014 9:00 AM EST
If you're looking for a few quick and easy tips for better 1v1 defending in youth soccer, then you've come to the right place.
In order to be an elite defender, you must be able to stop even the most skillful attack. That's certainly easier said than done for professionals that have players like Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo invading their space.
However, by sticking to the basics, these defenders are able to stop some of these highly-skilled dribblers.
In the video below, Sporting KC and United States Men's National Team defender Matt Besler gives a few simple tips on how to be a better defender when facing a 1v1 situation.
Even if you are already familiar with the basics of defending, it never hurts to hear it again. Ultimately, it's only going to make you a better player.