Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

Securing the back area by doubling on the attacker. To describe this is a way that you can picture, we’ll call this defense formation "tandem defense". Both defense players try to stop the attacker from getting through by creating a tandem.


Look closely at the animation. The defenders can only "double up" because they are moving in tandem in a row. If the attacker manages to shake a defender off, the second defender takes over. The defense player who is farthest back always controls the back area behind the first defender. When the last defender takes over, the first one moves back to the second row in the tandem. This makes it impossible for the attacker to get through. The attacker starts off by passively trying to get through, then moves on to being a bit active, before actively trying to break through. When the first trio finishes their run, the next three players start. Change a player’s task during each round.


- Competition – which defender manages to stop any goals during a specific period of time?

Soccer coach tips

- Dribbling with fakes
- The front defender moves back quickly
- Aggressive defending!

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training
Minimum group size: 3
Maximum group size: 12
Materials required: One ball per group, one small goal
Field size: Up to half a soccer field, so that there is enough room at the back.

Both defense players try to stop the attacker