Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

In this drill, we simulate a turnover and that way force an immediate switch to tackling. After passing the ball through the improvised goal, the first player will immediately try to win the ball back. The attacker is supposed to directly score a goal to end tackling quickly. Precise passes are the only possibility to achieve this. An imprecise pass means that the defender easily gets into a promising starting position.


Set up a traffic cone goal with a width of 1.5 to 2 meters in appropriate distance to the penalty area. The first player starts with the ball approx. 3 meters away from the goal with his back to the goalkeeper. He passes to the waiting player behind the goal during which the ball has to pass the goal. If he does not score, the drill is not continued. If he does score, the waiting player behind the goal passes the ball to the left to a there positioned attacker. The player tries to score immediately while the first player tries to stop him. Afterwards the players change to the next group.


- The two attackers move to the goal at the same time - 2:1
- Change of positions after the end of the drill

Soccer coach tips

- 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: Twelve players, one goalkeeper
Materials required: Enough balls, five cone markers, one goal
Field size: Depending on the field size, the traffic cone goal is located significantly in front of the penalty area.

The first player will immediately try to win the ball back