Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

The sequence of this drill is decided by the attacker in the goal area. He decides whether he wants to set up the ball for a shot, or if he wants to take the shot himself. If he wants to set up the ball, he should pull the defender away from the shooter with a feint or a change of direction. The defender should also block the passer as he comes running up.


The passer plays the ball precisely to his teammate in the penalty area. This player has already ran free and decides if he wants to set up a shot for the other player, or if he wants to spin around and make a move towards the goal himself. Unlike in the animation, the passer then joins the group of defenders, the defender becomes the attacker and the attacker runs to the group of passers.


- Two attackers, one defender
- The attacker tries to outplay the defender
- The passer dribbles towards the goal and lures in the defender

Soccer coach tips

- Pay attention to active defending
- Individual mistake corrections

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 3 + goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 8, better to have more than one practice field
Materials required: 1 ball, 1 goal, 1 cone
Field size: The attacker and the defender are in the penalty area

The defender should also block the passer