Tacklers need to feel confident that the right technique works. This is more difficult when they are practising with static targets. Part of the reason why a ball carrier goes to ground is that they are unbalanced, and so it's much easier to bring a moving player down to the ground. MORE
How to fix and support
Good timing and running angles are required to convert 2 v 1s. Here, ball carriers must fix a defender and pass, and support players must choose the best line and time their run to receive that pass.
It provides different scenarios in which to test a carrier’s fixing of a defender, and the timing of a support run.
- Put a ball carrier and a defender at the side of the box, each opposite a set of three coloured cones.
- Put a support player on the other side at the corner. Shout out a colour, and the ball carrier and defender have to run around that cone and into the box.
- The carrier aims to fix the defender and pass to the support player.
- The defender aims to touch either attacker, depending on who’s in possession.
- Depending on the colour called, the advantage lies with either the ball carrier or defender, or, if “blue” is called, there’ll be an equal contest.
Red cone – attacker under pressure
Green cone – defender under pressure
Blue cone – no advantage to either player
- Develop by putting two attackers at one end of a 10m square and a defender opposite.
- One of the attackers carries a ball.
- Shout out a colour, and the carrier runs around that cone and aims to score at the far end.
- The other attacker goes around the other cone before supporting.
- The defender runs forward on your signal.
- Use touch tackling.
- Ball in two hands.
- Run hard at the defender.
- Attack his inside shoulder.