How can I not be scared of the ball? (soccer related)

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#1 Posted by action1234 (958 posts) -

I know this sounds weird, but I sometimes I'd like to play soccer with the other guys but I'm always afraid of having the ball hit me in the face. Any soccer players have any advice for me? Do I just focus on playing and having fun and just not think about getting hit?

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#2 Posted by ProjectClash (805 posts) -

I'm assuming you mean when you're in goal? just get stuck in and grab the ball when it comes to your head.

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#3 Posted by Big_Bad_Sad (18243 posts) -
Keep your eye on the ball. Dont block it with your face.
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#4 Posted by action1234 (958 posts) -

No, imean any position. When the ball is getting kicked around and it's near me, I'm afraid of getting hit in the face.

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#5 Posted by wstfld (6375 posts) -
Stop being such a girl. Its just a soccer ball for christ's sake.
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#6 Posted by F1_2004 (8009 posts) -
Man up.
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#7 Posted by grape_of_wrath (3756 posts) -
Dont? You're supposed to be able to use your head and face as you would use your leg...Try practicing stopping a high flying ball on the chest repeatedly,that should work.
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#8 Posted by taj7575 (12084 posts) -

Practice having balls around your face.

Wait..

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#9 Posted by nintendofreak_2 (25896 posts) -

Just try to keep your eyes on the ball for as long as possible.

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#10 Posted by megagene (23154 posts) -
Hmmm. Maybe sports aren't for you.
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#11 Posted by Xx_Hopeless_xX (16562 posts) -

I see where you're coming from :P...

Just try and remain aware of where the ball is...if you see it coming at your face then just duck...i don't think too many people get hit in the face very often so no worries..:x

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#12 Posted by Crotazoa8 (1230 posts) -
If You're near the ball and a player is about to kick it dont be scared. I used to be like that when i used to play soccer as a child, nut now im not. What you should do is when someone is near you and they kick the ball is to do like a kamikaze slide tackle or just run up to them.
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#13 Posted by gamedude2020 (3795 posts) -

ive played football(soccer) nearly every weekened since I was 7, and it's never happened to me

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#14 Posted by msudude211 (44518 posts) -
[size=11]It honestly doesn't hurt as bad as you think and also doesn't happen as often as you think. In 12 years of playing competitive soccer, between practices and games, it's probably happened two to three times.[/size]
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#15 Posted by taj7575 (12084 posts) -

In all seriousness, it doesn't hurt that bad anyways..Besides, what are the odds the ball is going to hit you right in the face?

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#16 Posted by ProjectClash (805 posts) -

If the ball comes to your face just swallow it.

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#17 Posted by hockey73 (8281 posts) -
I was like that with hockey, but after you get hit enough, it's not scary anymore.
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#18 Posted by 194197844077667059316682358889 (49173 posts) -
Do what I do; spend lots of time engaged in activities where balls fly at your face
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#19 Posted by wstfld (6375 posts) -
Do what I do; spend lots of time engaged in activities where balls fly at your facexaos
Is Texas banning soccer too?
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#20 Posted by grape_of_wrath (3756 posts) -

In all seriousness, it doesn't hurt that bad anyways..Besides, what are the odds the ball is going to hit you right in the face?

taj7575
Ah,the-I made a funny but now I feel guilty for being unhelpful post... Thank god i'm a douchbag or I would be doing these all the time. :P
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#21 Posted by 194197844077667059316682358889 (49173 posts) -
[QUOTE="xaos"]Do what I do; spend lots of time engaged in activities where balls fly at your facewstfld
Is Texas banning soccer too?

Soccer? Is that what we're talking about?
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#22 Posted by Wolls (19119 posts) -
It happens, it hurts, you heal
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#23 Posted by taj7575 (12084 posts) -

[QUOTE="taj7575"]

In all seriousness, it doesn't hurt that bad anyways..Besides, what are the odds the ball is going to hit you right in the face?

grape_of_wrath

Ah,the-I made a funny but now I feel guilty for being unhelpful post... Thank god i'm a douchbag or I would be doing these all the time. :P

I did the same thing with my OP here man..Hard to avoid :P

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#24 Posted by Wolls (19119 posts) -
It happens, it hurts, you heal
[QUOTE="xaos"]Do what I do; spend lots of time engaged in activities where balls fly at your facewstfld
Is Texas banning soccer too?

No he just gets teabagged alot while playing halo :(
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#26 Posted by Ultimate-Basicz (663 posts) -

I know this sounds weird, but I sometimes I'd like to play soccer with the other guys but I'm always afraid of having the ball hit me in the face. Any soccer players have any advice for me? Do I just focus on playing and having fun and just not think about getting hit?

action1234
Basically,being hit in the face isnt that bad anyways,it just hurts like **** for a min or two,then you'll be fine
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#27 Posted by Xx_Hopeless_xX (16562 posts) -
Do what I do; spend lots of time engaged in activities where balls fly at your facexaos
He might not be able to focus on more then one...
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#28 Posted by Ultimate-Basicz (663 posts) -

In all seriousness, it doesn't hurt that bad anyways..Besides, what are the odds the ball is going to hit you right in the face?

taj7575
Its happened to me 10-15 times in the last year,its just because of how i play tho
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#29 Posted by Colin1192 (6221 posts) -

when you see the ball coming at your face, either duck or cover your face. It is not as bad as you think it might be, that is unless the ball is really booted

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mcxbl_ntuOY

Stuff like this should not happen too often

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#30 Posted by F1_2004 (8009 posts) -
[QUOTE="wstfld"][QUOTE="xaos"]Do what I do; spend lots of time engaged in activities where balls fly at your facexaos
Is Texas banning soccer too?

Soccer? Is that what we're talking about?

right, can we go one thread without gay jokes? :|
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#31 Posted by coolbeans90 (21305 posts) -

Stop being such a girl. Its just a soccer ball for christ's sake. wstfld

Exactly. *rips hair out of chest*

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#32 Posted by phillo99 (2369 posts) -

Get hit in the face with a ball. It's not nearly as painful as it looks. I've been hit in the face many times and it's like a 1 second 'ow' then I'm back to playing.

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#33 Posted by lbjkurono23 (12544 posts) -

[QUOTE="wstfld"]Stop being such a girl. Its just a soccer ball for christ's sake. coolbeans90

Exactly. *rips hair out of chest*

How manly =D
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#34 Posted by cyberdarkkid (16777 posts) -
Most of the time it won't, have that in mind just use your chest or your forehead depending on how high the ball is coming. Also man up :P
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#35 Posted by FrostyPhantasm (8521 posts) -

I took a soccerball directly on the nose once and it hit me hard enough to push my head back into a metal pole that i was right infront of. The pole part hurt more.

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#36 Posted by funsohng (29968 posts) -
Stop being such a girl.wstfld
How? You are playing soccer, you know.
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#37 Posted by 194197844077667059316682358889 (49173 posts) -
[QUOTE="F1_2004"][QUOTE="xaos"][QUOTE="wstfld"] Is Texas banning soccer too?

Soccer? Is that what we're talking about?

right, can we go one thread without gay jokes? :|

Clearly not
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#38 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (23847 posts) -

I know this sounds weird, but I sometimes I'd like to play soccer with the other guys but I'm always afraid of having the ball hit me in the face. Any soccer players have any advice for me? Do I just focus on playing and having fun and just not think about getting hit?

action1234

Take the hit and try to make it a deflection instead of a direct hit. I've been hit with a full volley a few times when I was younger. The disorientation only lasted a few seconds. It didn't take much time for me to plot a revenge hit.

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#39 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (23847 posts) -

No, imean any position. When the ball is getting kicked around and it's near me, I'm afraid of getting hit in the face.

action1234

You'll have to learn controlling the ball with your head. After all, heading the ball is one of the game's fundamentals.

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#40 Posted by wigan_gamer (3293 posts) -

I have never heard or seen this fear being present while playing.

Trust me being hit in the privates is much worse than the face, I have experienced both. Putting your body in the path of the ball is part of the game, just accept you will be hit eventually, get on with it.

I got hit in the face as a little kid when we were having a kick about, it was an adult who hit it, it knocked me off my feet and broke my nose. This is about the worst that can happen, and its not too bad.

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#41 Posted by tylergamereview (2051 posts) -
After taking a legitimate punt point blank to the face, I'm not really scared of getting hit by the ball anymore. It stings like hell, but it passes fast. You'll get over soon if you just try to get in the way. You won't even notice the pain after a while.
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#42 Posted by ShAbInAtOr (1262 posts) -

When in your in the goal protecting you terf think of your body as a shield and just go for it, dive at the ball it will cure your fear.

If that doesn't work then give the ball to a buddy and tell him to hit you in the face, the fear will drip away with pain.

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#43 Posted by jun_aka_pekto (23847 posts) -

I have never heard or seen this fear being present while playing.

Trust me being hit in the privates is much worse than the face, I have experienced both. Putting your body in the path of the ball is part of the game, just accept you will be hit eventually, get on with it.

I got hit in the face as a little kid when we were having a kick about, it was an adult who hit it, it knocked me off my feet and broke my nose. This is about the worst that can happen, and its not too bad.

wigan_gamer

It's really hard to take a full hit on the face in regular play. For me, it happened mostly during a setpiece play/free kick and the kicker intentionally wanted to target my face.

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#44 Posted by wigan_gamer (3293 posts) -

[QUOTE="wigan_gamer"]

I have never heard or seen this fear being present while playing.

Trust me being hit in the privates is much worse than the face, I have experienced both. Putting your body in the path of the ball is part of the game, just accept you will be hit eventually, get on with it.

I got hit in the face as a little kid when we were having a kick about, it was an adult who hit it, it knocked me off my feet and broke my nose. This is about the worst that can happen, and its not too bad.

jun_aka_pekto

It's really hard to take a full hit on the face in regular play. For me, it happened mostly during a setpiece play/free kick and the kicker intentionally wanted to target my face.

Yeah it hasn't happened much. That is just the one I remember most, since it hurt the most lol. Although I seem to have a talent for getting hit in the sensitive area a lot...
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#45 Posted by LoG-Sacrament (20397 posts) -

Get hit in the face with a ball. It's not nearly as painful as it looks. I've been hit in the face many times and it's like a 1 second 'ow' then I'm back to playing.

phillo99
pretty much. it wont exactly be a graceful header, but close enough.
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#46 Posted by SEANSEXYUNDIES (1489 posts) -

Stop being such a girl. Its just a soccer ball for christ's sake. wstfld

this

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#47 Posted by juden41 (4447 posts) -
Just play it despite that you might be afraid of it. You don't have to be good at the game right away, wade through the area where you aren't and after you practice and get used to it (like anything), you'll be more comfortable with it.