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HOW TO MASTER INTERCEPTIONS. Winning Defensive Skills. Former National Champion Player and experienced youth coach Eric De Sousa demonstrates a youth soccer drill for learning and mastering interceptions in this soccer training video. Players perform an agility drill across from each other, with two balls resting on cones between them. The coach walks around the players with a third ball at his/her feet, and without warning will pass the ball ... to knock one of the center balls off the cone. The players must react quickly and toe-poke the ball away before it reaches either center ball. This soccer drill teaches reaction speed, reading of the game, and how to properly intercept a pass with a toe-poke. Intercepting passes is a very important part of defending, and applies to all positions in all areas of the field. By rehearsing this drill, the movement will become second nature. Players must learn the proper technique as well, making sure to not lock their knee while lunging forward. This technique, and knowing how to intercept in soccer, is essential from youth soccer to the professional level.