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The importance of the ball in to the box

When the ball comes into the box attackers and defenders alike must use good technique to either clear the ball or get a shot in on goal.

I have used this match in the clip below between England and Brazil in 2000 to show how attackers use the ball into the box to score goals.

First of all though the ball into the box must be a good one. The reason I have chosen to show this match is because both teams score goals from balls into the box.

The first goal scored by Michael Owen for England is a long throw into the box. Watch how he uses the sole of his foot to roll the ball into a position where he can score. Even though he is off balance he manages to control the ball – the actions of a top striker. The throw is as good as a corner because it is directed right on to a team mates head and flicked into the danger area where the attackers are lurking.

The second goal by Brazil is a lot more simple. A corner onto the attacker’s head at the far post, but again look how well the attacker manages to direct the ball between a ll the players and in to the goal. The actual delivery of the ball in to the box is excellent and the defenders cannot reach it.

Try and show this to your players so they can see how important delivery in to the box is.

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