What is an interception in football?
We explore what intercepting is, why it matters and how to help your team develop this essential skill.
Intercepting involves stealing the ball from your opposition. This could happen when you:
get in the way of a pass or a dribble
take advantage of a poor touch
block a shot or a cross.
While intercepting has always been important, the speed of the modern game has made it an essential skill – for both attackers and defenders.
However, to intercept successfully, your team need to do more than just ‘cut out a pass’. Stealing the ball can be a tricky business. Amongst other things, it involves scanning the pitch, timing your move and getting into position. Then, you need to follow this up with excellent technique.