Practise falling on dropped passes or loose kicks as part of your core skills, especially in wet conditions. MORE
Randomise your 1 v 1, 1 v 2 and 2 v 2 tackle training with this exercise. Its quick-fire nature gives players little chance to think and makes for an active session.
Because the players come from a low position, it reduces the impact. Also, you can double up tacklers, so give weaker tacklers more of a chance.
- Put a defender on each coloured cone spaced about 2m apart back from the box.
- Other defenders line up behind ready to fill in.
- Do the same with attackers on the other side of the box.
- Stand at the side of the box, and call out a number and one or two colours. The number says how many attackers are going to come forward (mostly one).
- The colour says which defender is coming forward.
- You can have one or two defenders coming forward at a time.
- Pass the ball to the attacker once he is on his feet.
- You can feed it to him in any way, perhaps throwing it on the ground or behind him.
- The defenders aim to stop the ball carrier before he gets to the end of the box, but should aim to tackle him to ground if not.
- As soon as the tackle is completed, shout “clear”, and the players remove themselves and join the back of the line (attackers become defenders and vice versa).
- Call forward more players, so sometimes you can mix weak and strong tacklers.
- Use up to three attackers. With more than one attacker, they are allowed to pass or offload.
- Eyes open all the time.
- Aim for shoulder impact and firm grip.