Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

This drill is a real highlight. Coaches enjoy using it. There’s a lot that can be learned from it, and the players have lots of fun performing it.


Two teams stand diagonally opposite each other. At least two players should be standing at each corner in the square. At the start of the drill, an extra player from each team is positioned inside the square. The player with the ball has to keep control of the ball in one-on-one play on the line between the defender and his team-mate, and then pass to another player on his team. If this is done successfully, the receiver of the pass becomes the attacker and tries to make his way through to the next player on his team along the diagonal line. The passing player takes over the pass receiver’s position.

If the attacker loses the ball, the defender can immediately pass to any of his team-mates, going on to take over their position. The loser of the one-on-one play becomes the defender, and the game begins again.


- Coach gives signal after one-on-one play lasts for a certain length of time; the attacker then loses the ball.

Soccer coach tips

- Encourage players to break through quickly after manoeuvres
- Correct errors individually

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6
Maximum group size: 10
Materials required: Four ground markers, eight for the advanced variant, several balls to avoid waiting when balls are lost.
Field size: Enough room for one-on-one play. The smaller the field, the harder the one-on-one play.

This drill is a real highlight