In soccer, the term "tackling" is
used to describe any effort to steal the
or knock it out. Thus, in soccer, a tackle can be on the ground (a
slide tackle) or it
also can be done upright, either by knocking the
out as you run along one side of the attacker or done from the front by blocking
him from dribbling the
forward - a block tackle.
The non-kicking foot should be placed alongside the ball (approximately 10" to
the side). The ankle joint of the tackling foot must be firm and locked. The
knees should be bent to lower the centre of gravity of the player. This will
produce a compact and more powerful shape.
The head and
upper body should be over the ball. The hands should be closed (make a fist).
This will tighten the upper body.
made with the inside of the foot. Contact on the ball should be made through the
horizontal mid-line and centre of the ball. Quality tackling is as much an
attitude as it is technique. Players must develop an aggressive attitude towards
winning the ball.
Unlike American football, a tackle
really is not supposed to bring the opponent crashing to the turf. Indeed, in
many cases, the tackle will be judged as a foul if you do so. As a result, your
first job as a coach will be to explain the terminology to your players and make
the point that the player is tackling the BALL ITSELF and not the opponent.
Before you go on, please read
When a defender is beaten and is giving
chase, the side block tackle is on of the most effect tackles that a
defender can use. While a side block tackle and a sliding tackle can both
be effective in dispossessing an attacker, I prefer my players to use the
block tackle because it requires them to stay on their feet longer. If
the side block doesn't work, then slide the player.
The side block tackle can be broken down
into four main stages:
1. The defender must give chase and run
hard to get along side the attacker
2. Once along side the attacker, the
defender should then turn into the attacker using the nearest foot to the
attacker and leaning their body weight to the nearest shoulder to the
attacker e.g. a good old shoulder barge.
3. The defender then crouches down
adopting a low centre of gravity, pivots on the standing foot next to the
4. Then with the tackling leg, hook
the foot around the ball using the instep and complete the hook turn with
force striking through the ball.
Quite often the ball will break free from
this type of tackle. So its important to stress to your players that they
should stay on their feet. At best the ball will break in their favour
and they can then instigate a counter attack. At worst the attacker may
initially lose control but the ball still breaks their way, in this
instance if your player has stayed on their feet they can still give
chase. If they are on the floor they can't!
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