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Geva's magical lesson in defending
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Geva Mentor

Hi, I'm Geva Mentor and this is my guide to defending a shot.

There are a couple of rules you have to remember.

Firstly, make sure you're three feet away from the shooter, and secondly make sure you don't touch the ball while they are still holding it.

Watch my masterclass:

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When you're trying to put the shooter off, take a strong position three feet away and stretch your arm over the ball to make things as hard as possible for your opponent.

You need to be thinking in terms of creating a barrier between the post and the ball - you are that barrier!

When you're trying to intercept a shot, try to guess when the shooter's going to release the ball.

A good idea is to look at their elbow as it'll move just before they shoot.

If they do get the shot in, don't give up! Remember to reposition yourself for the rebound.

So if you want to keep out those goals, just remember my tips.


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Geva Mentor factfile
Born: 17 September 1984
Birthplace: Bournemouth
Position: Goalkeeper, Goal defence
Teams: Bournemouth, Gloucestershire, England
England caps: 6



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