ball control


: an offensive strategy (as in football) in which a team tries to keep possession of the ball for extended periods of time

Examples of ball control in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Blue Jays can slow down Virginia’s offense with ball control, but the Cavaliers have been here before and that experience will carry them to victory. Mike Preston, Baltimore Sun, 9 May 2024 In a poor first half created in part by the Pride’s ball control and speed, the Wave put zero shots on goal and made poor passes. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Apr. 2024 Playing at a higher level than most CONCACAF-region teams can, Brazil overwhelmed Mexico to win Wednesday’s first semifinals match, 3-0, behind superior passing, ball control and shooting. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 Monty Williams expects Morris’ shooting and ball control to be a big lift for the team. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, 25 Jan. 2024 See all Example Sentences for ball control 

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ball control was in 1910

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Cite this Entry

“Ball control.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

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