Beating an opponent with a late change of direction is a priceless skill. As soon as the defender is set to tackle, the last step is key to taking the ball carrier out of his reach and past him into space… MORE
Deliver the feet that beat – evasive skills, drills and activities to attack defences
The very best players always seem to make that extra yard or metre in attack. On rare occasions, it’s simply a case of a bigger player crashing through a smaller player. But even the largest players can put down by well-organised and technically efficient defences.
They need to beat the tackler with their footwork. Here are a range of activities to develop these skills so ALL your players, not just your most fleet-of-foot, can make those go-forward gains in attack.
First, encourage players to use a late change of direction. In Step, cut and break, the attacker aims to set the defender then accelerate away.
Step away from the defender is a development of the previous activity, using different cues so the ball carrier reads the situation to get beyond the defend.
Good footwork is also a good way for the ball carrier to create space for their team mates. Use Step and pass in attack to draw the defender one way and release a support player into the gap.
In the VIDEO: Footwork, evasion and twists from a simple grid activity, players develop the basic footwork skills they can use in the activities above.