Category Archives: Tackling

Tackling Game

  • from GE
  • (most easily done around the center circle)
  • xs and os are each on a team
  • opposite lines are labeled 1 and 2
  • coach calls out a number
  • the player in that line from each team sprints a quarter around the circle, around the next cone and to the ball
  • whoever gets there first is on offense and attempts to bring the ball to their other line
  • the ball must be dribbled to the cone (or thereabouts; this can vary based on skill and level)
  • player stays in that line once they get there


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Posted by on October 16, 2017 in 1 v 1, Defending, Dribbling, Tackling


Perpendicular 1 v 1 Defending



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Posted by on January 30, 2017 in 1 v 1, Attacking, Dribbling, Tackling


Tackles to Defeat The Better Team Article

Saw this article in ESPN The Magazine in the wake of Euro 2016 about using tackle stats to track underdog victories and thought it was pretty interesting.

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The Importance of (Situational) Decision Making

Saw this goal in the Belgium – Ireland game and it illustrates nicely how important knowing your situation and how that should impact your decision making is.

The poor decision by the Irish defender to go sliding after the ball at midfield creates basically a 3 v 1 and a near certain goal.

If the Irish defender had simply angled his run in front of the Belgian player, he could have held up the counterattack enough to allow his teammates to recover and help.

Here are the factors that influence the play:

  • Down 2-0 in the 70th minute, Ireland is obviously pressing. Fewer bodies are behind the ball to begin with and so defense must play conservatively to maintain what coverage they have.
  • It is a 50-50 ball at best. At worst, the Irish defender doesn’t have a chance.
  • The slide tackle makes sure that he cannot return to the play. In fact, the Irish player who lost the ball (yards from the opposite endline) sprints the entire field to cover once the defender takes himself out of the play.

ScreenFlow from Ed DeHoratius on Vimeo.


King of the Ring [from David Clarke]

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