Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

We produce duels continuously at the flank positions. To this end, we demarcated duel zones on both sides straight away. These zones can be marked at the penalty area; they should just be large enough to allow the forward reach the LOS more easily or penetrate the penalty area.


We mark a duel zone on each of the two sides of the penalty area. We place two cone markers a bit farther away from the goal at the center. They help two confronting players in action to orient themselves. Altogether four groups are positioned at and within the duel zones. A defender is in each zone. The forwards outside the zones wait for the start whistle of the coach or begin the moves by dribbling into the zone. Alternately, the duels start on both drill sides. In the process, the forward tries to reach the LOS or penetrate the penalty area. The forward starts at the best moment at the cone markers at the center; only then may the defender follow. A start on coach's command is also possible there. A pass, a flank shot in front of the goal to the forward - all of this is possible to create the best conditions for scoring a goal.

The forwards and the defenders at the flank positions can swap their roles following the move. The players at the center retain their positions and are swapped again and again.


- Two or three forwards, one or two defenders at the center

Soccer coach tips

- 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: 10 + goalie
Maximum group size: 16 + goalie
Materials required: Enough balls, 4 small ground markers, 2 cones, 1 goal
Field size: According to group’s ability

We produce duels continuously at the flank positions