Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

We’ve put together three different variations in the animation, which makes the sequences easier to recognize compared to if we had described them many words. Your players, especially the forwards in the center, decided how the attack will end. Will the center forward go straight to the goal, or will he choose the variant with a pass to the wing? Will the lob reach the center player, or will the player on the opposite side take the shot?


We’ll mark a rectangle a bit in front of the penalty area. We’ll position an attacker and a defender in the rectangle. A passer, preferably the coach, stands with balls farther away from the rectangle. The defender should be semi-active; the attacker should be able to control the first pass from the coach. Depending on the situation, the attacker has the choice between a pass to the right or left side of the playing field. There, the first player from each group positioned there, has started along the wing. If he receives the pass, he dribbles along the outside line and lobs the ball in front of the goal. The centre forward and the wing who was not passed to start towards the goal and try to reach the pass.

After the attacker’s pass, the center forward can go directly towards the goal. The defender should defend aggressively.

After this sequence, the player in the center becomes a wing and the wings move into the center.


- Two attackers in 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: 8 + goalie
Maximum group size: 16 + goalie
Materials required: Enough balls, 4 markers, 1 goal
Field size: According to group’s ability

Will the lob reach the center player?