Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

Players have to produce two one-on-ones right off the bat; who is offense, and who is defense in these one-on-ones won’t be decided until the drill has already started.

The attacker in the first one-on-one has a good chance of scoring a goal, but this becomes much more difficult in the next duel.


We make an alley on the practice side, which is bordered by start and end markers. Two players stand in the alley; each one has a ball.

In our animation, we have noted the start positions with the numbers “1” and “2”. Both players dribble at the same time towards both end markers.

Just before they reach the markers, the coach gives the command. He calls “1” or “2”, deciding which player should play the ball to the passing station. A player is standing there to receive the pass. The coach can also take on this job.

After the command, the player who was allowed to keep the ball, dribbles towards the goal and tries for a successful finish. He then runs towards the next goal and receives an exact pass from the passing position. He once again tries to score a goal.

The player without the ball should defend aggressively throughout.


- Sequence from the other side

Soccer coach tips

- Demand aggressive defense on the ball
- Stop long one-on-ones in time

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6 + 2 goalies
Maximum group size: 12 + 2 goalies
Materials required: 2 balls, 4 small ground markers, 2 goals
Field size: According to group’s ability

The attacker has a good chance of scoring a goal