Video:How to Tackle in Soccerwith Ashley Hammond
Being able to tackle is one of the building blocks of playing proper defense in soccer. This video from About.com will show you how to tackle in soccer.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Tackle in Soccer
Hi, my name is Ashley Hammond. I'm the owner of the Soccer Domain Football Club in Montclair, NJ. I'm here for About.com to talk about how to tackle in the game of a soccer.
Proper Stance for a Tackle in Soccer
In order to tackle successfully in soccer, regardless of the type of tackle, it is very important that the player gets their stance correct. A player must always be on their toes. It is better to turn slightly sideways, so that the player can go both ways depending on where the attacker goes with the ball and then they must time their tackle properly. By understanding the distance between the player and the ball, the defensive player can judge this and tackle successfully by stepping in towards the player with the ball and winning the successful tackle.
Timing a Tackle
In order to time a tackle properly, a player again must remain on their toes, watch the ball, and when the player with the ball has the ball slightly off their feet that is the time to go tackle. When one tackles, it is very important to lock the ankle. This offers a firm surface and the maximum strength to win the ball in the tackle.
Keep Your Eye on the Ball
It is also very important for the player making the tackle to keep their eyes on the ball. When making a tackle, the player with the ball will try to attempt to make the tackler move and miss the tackle with their body movement. By watching the ball a tackling player is less likely to be distracted and more likely to make a successful tackle.
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