Soccer training – Tackling - Exercise:

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Soccer drill procedure

In this drill, we will be dealing with the well-known mental barriers which need to be got past. To do this, we will be working on the goal shot and integrating this situation into the drill. Who doesn’t like looking at the ball after they’ve made the shot, or runs after the ball? A serious mistake, because this means that the player just can’t get past these mental barriers. The tackle can no longer be won, and a goal by the opposing team becomes likely.


The starting player passes to the next player on his team, who waits until the passing player, beginning at the cone marker closest to the goal, has run through the cone gate and moves to the goal. A pass is then made directly into the path of the starting player, who then makes a goal shot. In the mean time, a dribbler has started moving on the other side. The dribbler can start either when the pass before the goal kick is made, or on the trainer’s command. Because of the various different speeds possible, I prefer giving a command. Back to the dribbler. The dribbler attempts to get to the goal as quickly as possible. His progress is slowed slightly by a simple slalom which he has to go through. The goal shooter becomes a defender, if he manages to break through the barrier in his head.

The starting player changes into the group on the opposite side, taking the ball with him; the pass receiver moves to the starting position; and the final dribbler moves to the position of the first pass receiver. Required balls are passed between players as required.


- Reverse the sides of the exercise
- Different forms of movement when running through the left cone gate: run forwards, do sidesteps, hop, or any other form of movement.

Soccer coach tips

- Insist on high speeds after a short time
- Don’t remind the players to break through mental barriers

Organisation of the soccer training drill

Category: Advanced training, children’s training, youth training, seniors
Minimum group size: 6 + goalkeeper
Maximum group size: 8 + goalkeeper
Materials required: Enough balls, 1 goal, 6 cones
Field size: According to group’s ability

Who does not like looking at the ball?