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To engage opposition. To maintain possession. To give teammates time and opportunity to support.


  1. Pre-Contact.
  2. Options to avoid contact.
  3. Focus on contact zone.
  4. Ball in two hands.
  5. Low body position.
  6. Body before ball.
  7. Small steps on approach.
  8. Wide 'power' step.

At Contact

  1. Contact side-on.
  2. Maintain low stable base.
  3. Turn towards support.


  1. Position body between ball and opposition.
  2. Consider options.


  1. Too upright at contact.
  2. Narrow base of support at contact causing instability.
  3. Front foot planted too far from defender.
  4. Too frontal at contact.
  5. Shoulders below hips.

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