In soccer, the term “tackling” is used to describe any effort to steal the soccer ball or knock it away from an opposing player. There are two types of tackling – block and slide tackling. Slide tackling can be dangerous, and is banned in some children’s leagues. Block tackling is safer, and will be taught in this manual. It is important to point out that the player is tackling the ball itself and not the opponent.
The key coaching points of block tackling are:
Contact on the ball should be made through the middle of the ball.