The Cardinal Sins of Australian Football

As with all sport, there are cardinal sins made by players that give their opponents in the game a chance to score. Australian football is no different. Today, in modern football, they are called “clangers” and appear in the statistics compiled during the game. These often result in what is called a “turnover”, more often than not in senior football, it results in a goal. This happens because the attacking team is rushing forward to give the player with the ball many options for continuing the attack on the goals, leaving their opponents free and in space. When the clanger occurs, the opposition player getting the ball has many of his team free between him and the goal making scoring easier than normal. บ้านผลบอล

Below is my version of the cardinal sins of Australian Football for a coach who works with school and junior club teams. I’m sure these could be ones that apply to all footballers to some or all extent. In some cases, I offer further explanations.

1. Kicking into the man on the mark.

This is perhaps the biggest clanger of all for a junior player. Often, the player is too close to the mark when he kicks allowing the man on the mark to smoother the kick. He is embarrassed and loses concentration allowing the opposition to swoop on the ball and take it away.

2. No talking.

Australian Football is a 360 degree game. The player with the ball can be tackled from behind if his teammate is not telling him of the danger lurking behind him.

3. Not backing up to protect your mate after a hand ball.

In junior football particularly, the skill of the players are not always developed to a fine degree. So skill errors are made. So it is important the player delivering the ball follows it to assist and protect his mate while retrieving the ball. By backing up, the player is providing another attacking option.

4. Not looking up before you kick the ball.

If the player doesn’t look up, he will not spot the best option let alone any option. Not looking up often results in a turnover.

5. Being goal hungry; Not centring the ball to the goal square but kicking for goal from the boundary.

It is difficult to score goals from the boundary. The best option is to kick the ball to the front of the goal square where a kick for goal will almost always result in a major score. Players other than forwards or midfielders, wanting to kick a goal, simply clog up the forward line and leave their opponent unmarked and therefore an attacking option for the opposition.

 

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