Player Reflection Tool

Defending - intercepting


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This webpage has been especially designed to help you improve your intercepting skills. Your mission is to complete all the homework tasks below and identify two key specific things that you want to work on and try to improve in your practice sessions, team training or on your own.

First we will look at what an interception is, and then we will study some examples from top professional players: Becky Sauerbrunn, Jordi Alba, Laurent Koscielny and Eric Abidal. 


Watch the first video and notice that there are two different types of interception:

  1. Taking the ball from the side
  2. Pouncing on the ball from behind the player receiving the pass


Here, USA World Cup Winner, Becky Sauerbrunn demonstrates how she pounces to intercept a pass from behind an opponent. What are two key things she needs to do well to make this kind of interception?

The three videos below show examples of important interceptions from Manchester United's Giggs, Barcelona's Alba and Arsenal's Koscielny.

Gigg's interception seems easy. But he has to be ready and alert in order to make it happen. This is a good example of how an interception can lead to a sudden and dangerous counter-attack. 

Alba has to work extremely hard to make his interception, but it is a vital part of defending to ensure the other team cannot counter-attack quickly.

Some of the interceptions from Koscielny are used to block shots at goal. These are sometimes essential in order to stop the opponent scoring.

The final video is of Barcelona defender, Eric Abidal. The video shows all his blocks and interceptions during a game against Levante.


Choose your two favourite interceptions from the Abidal video, and answer the following questions for each:

  • Why was the interception important?
  • What does the defender do that helps him get ready to intercept the ball?
  • What does he do after the interception in order to secure the ball for his team?

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Welcome to your HOMEWORK page! Here you will learn about your chosen topic. It is a good idea to save the URL for this page to your favourites so you can easily return to it when you need to.

You need to work through the tasks on the page, one at a time. This might mean watching videos, it might mean doing other tasks and activities. It may be a good idea to take notes also. Remember that the more work and effort you put into the tasks, the more you will learn and the better you will become.

For most topics, there will be a PRINT OUT at the bottom of the page. You need to print this, complete the questions, and take to your coach. You need to do this so the coaches know what you are working on and are able to help you.

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