Make this 90-minute session part of your pre-season preparations. It develops your players’ phase play in four clear and easy steps – warm-up, technical skills, unit skills and tactics. MORE
Decision-making in the tackle
The type of tackle a defender might use depends on the space either side of him. Practise this activity to work on the defender’s decision-making in the set-up, footwork and tackle execution.
No tackler should be square on to the carrier until the last moment. He should approach from the inside or outside – forcing the carrier into a position where the tackler can close him down without being stepped on the inside.
- Put a ball carrier and defender in the 5m channel, about 5-10m apart.
- The defender runs to the edge of the channel and as soon as he has reached it, the carrier comes forward.
- The tackler aims to make a shoulder contact on the side of the carrier, ideally with the “same foot, same shoulder”.
- Run through four times on each side and then repeat in the wider box.
- Finally, merge the channels and play 2 v 2, using a feeder for the attack.
- The defenders have to choose whether to go from out-to-in or in-to-out to cover the attackers.
- Move sideways before the ball carrier is able to move forward and then come from the angle to make the tackle.
- Keep balanced as you move forward l In the narrow area, come forward quicker.
- In the wider area, be ready to give up ground to intercept the ball carrier.