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What Does a Stopper Do in Soccer? (Explained)

While it’s seldom seen in the professional game today, the stopper position is a fantastic role for teaching young players the art of defending.

Paired alongside a sweeper in the centre of defence, the stopper is expected to win every tackle and aerial challenge and not be afraid to put their body on the line.

As the more aggressive of the two central defenders, they’re expected to quickly put pressure on the opposition’s strikers, nip in to intercept the ball, and stop dangerous moves in their tracks.

While the modern game now puts a lot more emphasis on centrebacks being comfortable on the ball and starting moves from the back, the stopper position is all about defending and doing everything possible to stop a goal from being scored.

In this article, you’ll read about how soccer teams line up with a stopper, what stoppers are expected to do, and what the key requirements are for playing the position.

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The Complete Goalkeeper Training Guide (Drills and Tips)

As it’s a very unique role, goalkeepers have a lot of different responsibilities and requirements placed on them in comparison with other players.

This means that they have their own training regime to work through which not only focuses on their shot-stopping, ball-handling, and reflexes but their footwork, positioning, and agility, too.

In addition to this, they have to be very brave, focused, and committed, command their box, and communicate clearly with their defenders if they’re to consistently keep clean sheets.

With this complete goalkeeper training guide, you can greatly improve your goalkeeping abilities through the drills and tips we outlined above.

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What is a ‘False 9’ in Soccer? (Explained)

Throughout the history of soccer, tactical innovations have continually pushed the game forward as each generation of coaches has looked to gain an advantage over their opponents. While the ‘False 9’ has been used to great effect in recent years by Guardiola’s mesmerising Barcelona and Del Bosque’s Spain who won Euro 2012, the role surprisingly dates […]

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