Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

We‘ll start this drill series with an easy introduction. Still, the first drill shouldn’t be underestimated; it is too important for the development of one-on-one behavior. The standard will become more challenging during the following drill. Be mindful of this when you put out the markers.


Two groups and a goalkeeper. One group lines up with balls on one side of the goal, on the baseline. The attackers position themselves on the starting marker. The first player from the ball group plays a long pass to the first attacker, who then starts running towards the ball and tries to score a goal. The passer becomes the defender. Once the one-on-one is over, the defender joins the attacker group and the attacker joins the passers.


- The pass comes from the other side of the goal
- Allow direct shots

Soccer coach tips

- Demand feints!
- Quick shots on goal!
- Stop the one-on-one when they go over the allotted time
- The defender takes on the attackers direction of movement (moves backwards).
- The attacker carries his starting pace into his dribbling.

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 4 + goalkeeper, additionally, up to 10 + goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 8 + goalkeeper, additionally, up to 15 + goalkeeper
Materials required: 1 ball for every defender, 1 goal, 3 cones or marker plates (see following drills).
Field size: According to group’s ability

Start this drill series with an easy introduction