50/50 challenges are when you and a player from the opposing team arrive at the soccer ball at the same time.
Each player has a 50 percent chance of winning the ball, hence the name.
60/40 challenges are when you are going to get to the ball first, and 40/60 challenges are when the opposing player is going to get there first.
How to Win 50-50 Balls (and more)
When going after 50-50 balls, you want to play sure that you are well balanced so that you have a better chance at winning the next ball.
Some coaches harp on winning the initial 50-50 challenge and other coaches look at how many second challenges (the ball or challenge right after the 50/50 challenge) are won.
For 60-40 challenges, it’s a given that you’re going to be the person that gets to the soccer ball first. There are two ways you can win this challenge. First, you can just simply push the ball into a space where the defender will not be able to get to it.
The second method is a little more complicated. If you notice that the defender is off-balance and about to lunge in on the tackle, then you can hold off on winning initial challenge and actually let the opposing player win the challenge.
You just need to set up a block tackle so that the opposing player kicks the soccer ball into your block tackle.
The key is the angle of your block tackle. You want to make sure that when the opposing player kicks the ball into your block tackle, and then you know what direction the ball is going to bounce. This second way to win 60/40 challenges takes practice and also the right situation.
Finally, with 40/60 challenges the opposing player will get to the soccer ball first. So you need to set up a block tackle when you believe the opposing player is going to try and direct the soccer ball. You want your foot to be like a wall so that the ball bounces favorable in your direction.
Remember that if you set up a block tackle too far away, then there is a good chance that you may redirect the soccer ball back into the opposing player causing the ball to bounce off him and go behind you.
Try to keep these ideas in mind the next time you are going after a loose ball. Do you have any other tips for 50-50, 60-40, 40-60, or any other type of soccer challenge?