ball control

noun

Definition of ball control

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

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The Brazilian continued to torment the Norwich defence with his close ball control and creativity. SI.com, "West Ham 2-0 Norwich: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Dominant Hammers Claim Victory," 31 Aug. 2019 East used bruising ball control to amass 170 of its team rushing yards in the opening half. Anchorage Daily News, "East shrugs off slow start, downs West 36-14," 31 Aug. 2019 Under second-year head coach Matt Patricia, the Lions want to be a run-first, ball control type offense which plays tough defense. Shawn Childs, SI.com, "Fantasy Football: Busts to Avoid in 2019," 8 Aug. 2019 But Jones’ ball control was not always airtight, a pet peeve of Harbaugh’s, and the former Gilman star was not present for any of the organized team activities or minicamp practices open to reporters. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "The four most interesting position battles at Ravens training camp," 19 July 2019 Although both teams struggled to make shots, Atlanta’s ball control improved in the second quarter. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Brittney Griner finds redemption in game-winning free throws as Mercury beat Dream," 8 July 2019 In terms of technical ability, few players in the women's game can match Heath's repertoire of tight ball control, swift runs and unpredictability. Steve Goff, courant.com, "The stars to watch at the Women’s World Cup," 4 June 2019 Even the steering wheel is relatively spartan, with just a left and right roller ball control. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Tesla Model 3 just may be worth the wait," 19 Apr. 2018 Now Mexico faces a tight, cohesive Swedish team that outshot and outpossessed South Korea to win its opener before conceding ball control against Germany, which needed five minutes of stoppage time to find the winning goal. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Mexico goal is to win group, not just qualify for next round," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of ball control

1910, in the meaning defined above

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