Tackling drills

These soccer tackling drills will show you the best methods of coaching your players to win back the ball. After all, you can’t score goals if you don’t have the ball. Tackling is a core soccer skill and the slide tackle, block tackle and poke tackle are all here. We look at the techniques involved to make sure your players tackle legally and safely. We also have games and drills to help you coach tackling more effectively.

  • Soccer drill to coach the block tackle - Tackling is a basic soccer skill that every player - not just defenders - should be able to execute correctly, otherwise the consequences could be disastrous. Use the following soccer coaching tips and drill to help your players get to grips with it.


  • Soccer drill to coach the slide tackle - There are several ways of coaching players to win back the ball or stop the opposition, but we’ve focused on two of the most common. Previously we looked at soccer drills to coach the block tackle, this time it’s the turn of the slide tackle.


  • Small sided soccer game to improve tackle technique - This small-sided soccer game makes the most of 1v1 situations and works on players' tackling skills and their ability to evade tackles. The players in this game need to have good all-round soccer skills so their team doesn't lose a life.


  • Slide tackle soccer drill session - Your young soccer players will love practising these slide-tackle soccer drills. But make sure you tell them that usually the slide tackle is a last-resort method to stop a player with the ball advancing on goal and it buys some time for your team to reorganise in defence or regain possession of the ball.


  • Soccer drill to coach the poke tackle - When defenders have players running at them in 1v1s, they often just need to touch the ball out from their opponent's feet to gain control for themselves. This is a much simpler tackle to the slide or block tackle. Use the following coaching tips and soccer drill to get players working on a poke tackle.


  • Soccer coaching session on intercepting the ball - Intercepting the ball is an alternative to tackling so your team can regain possession to set up an attack. This soccer coaching session is about learning how to read the play - predicting when and where the other team will pass the ball so players can move to intercept.


  • Tackle techniques soccer game - This small-sided soccer game makes the most of 1v1 situations and being able to make and evade tackles. The soccer (football) players in this game need to have good all-round soccer skills so their team doesn't lose a life.


  • Timing tips for tackling skills - Timing is everything when it comes to tackling but commitment is also crucial. Ask your defenders to focus on these two elements when you're coaching tackling skills.


  • Tackling drills - Here is a selection of tackling drills and a game to help your soccer team when out of possession.

    Click on the headings for in-depth instructions on how to implement the tackling drills.





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