Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

The goalkeeper decides who the attacker and the defender will be. He brings the ball into play by means of a flat pass or by rolling it in. The player who received the ball immediately attempts to pass it to his teammate. If the attacking manoeuvre does not quickly lead to a goal being scored, the coach should stop it – only this will encourage the players to get to the goal as quickly as possible.


The players on one team always stand diagonally opposite each other. Marker bibs should be given out to the players to make the drill easier to follow. No player can play twice with the same partner. The goalkeeper brings the ball into play, deciding who the attacker should be. The rest of the drill is explained in the drill. After the action has finished, the players switch groups.


- Only one pass between players is allowed
- To make it more difficult to receive the ball, the goalkeeper throws the ball to the attacker at mid-height.

Soccer coach tips

- The players should attempt to score a goal as quickly as possible
- Make sure that the pairings of players change regularly

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 4, one goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 12, one goalkeeper
Materials required: Two ground markers, enough balls, one goal
Field size: According to group’s ability

The goalkeeper decides who the attacker will be