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Trapping - Futty Danso of Timbers FC

Trapping - Futty Danso of Timbers FC English, baby! Video Lesson

Date: May 13 2011

Themes: Sports

Grammar: First Conditional

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One of the most impressive things about watching soccer is seeing players pass the ball to each other high in the air over long distances. Imagine receiving one of these passes. You can’t use your hands. So what do you? You trap the ball.

To trap something means to hold or contain it. You can set traps for animals in the woods if you need to catch some food. Police will set traps to catch people violating traffic laws. To trap the ball in soccer, you use your feet, legs or body to get control of it before passing it on.
Mamadou “Futty” Danso of Portland Timbers FC was kind enough to demonstrate and explain this term further after a recent training session.

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Futty

Futty

Jason

Jason

Jason:  Alright, this is English, baby! and this is trapping with Futty of Timbers Football Club. We were wondering if you could show us and talk about what it means to trap the ball.

Futty:  Yeah, sure, I can do that. I mean, it’s like one of the most important things in soccer. You have like thousands of different stops depending on where the ball is coming from and the situation you are in in the game.

Jason:  And you’re a defender, so do you find yourself trapping the ball a lot when it’s coming down the field?

Futty:  Um, yeah, we trap the ball a lot, especially ground balls, that’s where use it lot. To trap the ball, like somebody outside passing you the ball, trapping. I mean, we have like, most of the aerial balls...we trap them, but normally we head them out. So most of our trapping is rolling balls that are rolling towards us.

Jason:  You just stop the ball so you can get control.

Futty:  Yeah, pretty much. Trapping is like…the most important part is try to control the ball before your opponent comes in, as quickly as you can.

Jason:  Futty says that trapping means to stop the ball with your body. Off the field, when you trap something, it means you hold or contain it. Let’s hear Futty’s definition again.

Futty:  Just try to control the ball before your opponent comes in, as quickly as you can, so you can give the player next to you time to control the chance to have time to control before the opponent comes in. If your trap is bad, more than likely, you’re going to give the next player a bad pass and that’s going to put the whole team under pressure and defenders can’t do that at all. English, baby!

 

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Futty says that trapping is one of the most important things in soccer. There are many ways to trap the ball, but since he plays defender, the ball often rolls towards him. He traps it with his feet before passing to another teammate.

It’s important to trap the ball to make sure you can make a good pass to your teammate. You contain the ball for a moment so that you can focus and kick it exactly where you want it to go. Futty says that defenders must never make bad passes. If they do, the opponent could score.

Have you ever set a trap or been trapped?

For more with Futty, watch the first part of this interview or visit our blog.

 

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saif12

saif12

Tunisia

hi

02:53 PM Jul 19 2011 |

louisliu_know

China

Trapping is really hard to do very well.Now,I often playing football every weekend in stadium nearby my home.When some teamplayer passes the ball to you from high sky, I will suppose so many ways to stop and handle it well immediately.If not,the ball will bound to opposite guy.Ok,let’s go to play together. Training our body as well as making our brain strong.

10:00 PM Jun 16 2011 |

luray

luray

China

it is useful

09:55 PM Jun 06 2011 |

Isadora Jiang

China

I understand what it means. It’s useful. Thanks.

09:11 PM May 31 2011 |

simoroshka

simoroshka

Russian Federation

I’ve never played soccer/football but can remember some other traps in my life. (= Both sides.

12:09 PM May 17 2011 |

ali behzad

ali behzad

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

perfect! a perfect lesson!


i’m very interested in most of sports like soccer, volleyball, basketball,... . but soccer has become sth more than a sport. it can influence everything. however, playing soccer is joyfull. setting traps in soccer is sth unavoidable.

06:58 AM May 15 2011 |

0055

0055

China

wonderful,i am very king in  soccer

05:08 AM May 15 2011 |

fikas

fikas

Azerbaijan

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09:39 PM May 14 2011 |

fikas

fikas

Azerbaijan

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09:32 PM May 14 2011 |

nelson27

nelson27

Colombia

well, soccer is not my favorite sport , but sometimes i feel like playing as my friend ask me to go to the park and just enjoy the match , in that moment i look like a real soccer player who plays soccer since he was a child, when we are in the match, i try to do my best as i pass the ball to my ’’ teammates’’, not all the times we get the ball ‘cause the oposite team are looking for the ball too.


In a game not all the time just one team might catch the ball you can lose it and then you have to get it back and again the same role .

09:12 PM May 14 2011 |

jejo

jejo

United States

Actually, my favorite sport is Soccer; however, British people called Soccer football which is logical.

I don’t understand why American people called football football and they use their hands more then anything else!!

Anyway, I used to play as a goalkeeper, and I mastered this position. However, I switched to defender position. Actually, I enjoy playing in both position.

Well, let us turn to the lesson. I see that trapping a ball means controlling the ball when your teammate passes the ball toward you. It’s not easy especially when the ball fast and high. players can trap a ball by their foot, chest and head.

11:33 AM May 14 2011 |

Mebal Lee

Mebal Lee

China

Futty speaks so fast and I cannot catch him at all.

08:34 AM May 14 2011 |

Athosfbc

Athosfbc

Brazil

I think that in my country, football is much appreciated

06:13 AM May 14 2011 |

sportscrazy

China

soccer is get more popular in china

12:58 PM May 13 2011 |

Raymond_zggo

China

just control the ball and pass it to your teammate at the good time.

06:49 AM May 13 2011 |

Jib_fbk

Jib_fbk

Thailand

‘m trapping u ~~haha

06:11 AM May 13 2011 |

MAHUYA ACHARJA

Bangladesh

I haven’t been trapped.

04:52 AM May 13 2011 |

kingha

kingha

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

thank u

04:10 AM May 13 2011 |

agansaglik

agansaglik

Turkey

Football is very popular, maybe the most popular game around the world. But the other some sport activites are more useful for human body then football. Like swimming .

11:50 PM May 12 2011 |

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