Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

Quick adapting is required. After the shot, the attacking player becomes immediately the defender and looks for tackles. During a game, it often results in disadvantages if the players are not able to react to a new situation after an action.


On command of the coach, the first player starts into the direction of the goal and shoots. Immediately after this, he tries to tackle the player who has already started from the other side of the practice field. The second player also tries to score a goal. If the defender wins the ball, he should head to the goal and score himself.


- For each scored goal, the scorer receives a point and for each attack without scoring, the defender receives an additional point
- Change of positions after the end of the drill

Soccer coach tips

- Demand intensive tackling!
- Demand feints!

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: Four players, one goalkeeper
Maximum group size: Eight players, one goalkeeper
Materials required: For each player one ball, three cone markers, one goal
Field size: Distance from the goal at the time of the goal shot depending on ability

After the shot, the attacking player becomes the defender