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Where should a defending (opposing) centre stand while waiting for a centre pass by the attacking team. If possible, could you please give a reason for your suggestion. Thank you.

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The best tactic I have seen and use quite successfully is for the opposing centre to take the WA. Then the WD moves into the centre thus forcing the GA to have to make their move towards the outside. However the GD is on the outside of the GA forcing her to either drop off the third line or to only go straight. The WD needs to be aware that the WA could dodge to the centre, that is their ball to go for. This is only a tactic. A good centre will vary their positioning and recognise who is the main person receiving the centre pass off so to cover them.

The best tactic I have seen and use quite successfully is for the opposing centre to take the WA. Then the WD moves into the centre thus forcing the GA to have to make their move towards the outside. However the GD is on the outside of the GA forcing her to either drop off the third line or to only go straight. The WD needs to be aware that the WA could dodge to the centre, that is their ball to go for. This is only a tactic. A good centre will vary their positioning and recognise who is the main person receiving the centre pass off so to cover them.

Hi, Thank you for your response. I will certainly try this tactic with my team. Where do coaches tell their C to stand when defending a centre pass? * defend the WA or GA * defend the attacking centre * stand somewhere in the middle hoping to intercept the pass either way.

Hi I have found it more intimidating for the opposing centre passing off when we guard over the ball. This frustrates the centre passing off and has forced a held ball on occasions.

Kia Ora, I have to agree with Elizabeth, pressure on the ball carrier(no penalties)will force a pressure pass, which cuts down an attacking options,which opens up more options for defence.

I also agree with Elizabeth the more pressure the likely hood of a error.

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