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Same team as Starters post.  GU12's seem ready to learn this skill.  Pre-match referee inspection one of my girls asked, " Can we slide tackle?"  In his league slide tackling is allowed but haven't seen anything close to it this season.  I interjected, "A better question is can YOU slide tackle?".  The players and the ref got a good chuckle when she said "NO, just wanted to know if we could". 

 

But seriously, has anyone tried to coach this or do you just let them figure it out themselves?  Haven't seen much in any soccer book about this.

 

What Up!?!

 

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The best time to teach this is to wait for a rainy day or use a slip and slide the kids will like it.

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You must start with a front block tackle.  Get that technique down first:  toe up, ankle locked, strike the ball near the ankle, weight forward, and timing to strike the ball just when it's on the opponent's foot.

Then, I move to what I call a "reach" tackle.  Same as a block tackle, except you are reaching out with your leg to tackle an opponent at a small lateral distance away from you.

Finall, the slide tackle is a reach tackle where you have to reach so far you leave your feet to get there.  Non-tackling leg should make a "figure-4", tackling leg stays low to the ground, toe still up but not showing the studs to the opponent.  Timing now becomes critical.  Have them start by sliding to a stationary ball, then to an opponent moving slowly, then increase the opponent's speed.

Note that this is different from a "hook slide" tackle to knock the ball away rather than win it.  But once you've got the sliding block tackle down, you can move to that.  And as noted, a wet day makes it a lot easier to teach.


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See,

 

Slide tackling

 http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/andagain/vpost?id=645588

 

Teaching Slide Tackling  http://www.websitetoolbox.com/tool/post/andagain/vpost?id=128893


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I'll have to ask my 10yr old.

 

Me and my oldest (10yrs old) son were watching my youngest (4yrs old) play a small-sided game at the end of the academy night.  within the 1st 2 minutes he does 3 amazing slide tackles; wins the ball and then takes the player down all in a one nice motion.  I look over at my eldest son and ask what's going on.  he tells me that he's been sliding my youngest when they play out in the back yard.  i laugh and call over my lil guy and tell him he can't tackle like that out here.

 

but i have to say...i was impressed at the execution.

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Mchill "i laugh and call over my lil guy and tell him he can't tackle like that out here.

 

remember this quote as he gets older and lacks creativity because he stops playing with his older brother and his learning curve slows.

 

I see this all the time. Don't johnny slide tackling is BAD what a load of BS.

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Maddog> slide tackles are not allowed at his age.  we'll keep sliding in the backyard...but he'll have to learn not to do it games just yet.  creativity won't be a problem with this one.  he's trying out and doing all kinds of gr8 stuff.  his older brother was way ahead of the learning curve...and this one is even further along.  we may be living in CFL but we play SFL style soccer.  flair and creativity will never be lacking.

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I don't teach slide tackles because I want my players to stay on their feet when tackling.  Once you hit the ground you'd better make sure you win the ball otherwise you are out of the game.

 

A slide tackle is a last ditch desperate attempt to win the ball and I find kids will do it naturally - if required.

 

 


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yep.I Lucas Neill didnt fall over like a pork chop Australia may have beat Italy

and made the semis


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Mchill I'm not suprised common enough in the US. Yes they should learn to stay on their feet Willie but it is so cool to slide when you are a uyoung.

I get pissed at league administrators that don't know shit about the game and love to impose the no slide tackling rule it is just one form of tackling and a skill that needs to be learned. Best time to learn is early,teach and demand excellent technique and it is not a problem. But to ban a slide tackle because some one might get injured is just BS. Poor coaching results in more of the injurys from any type of tackle than just the tackle itself.

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Slide tackling is a skill, but it is hard to call it that because so many pro players playing all over the world at the highest levels do so many bad ones.

 

The real danger is with young kids doing them. Because a lot of them are not trained in how to do them right. If they are, the same guys who trained them they do not bother to teach them how to avoid them and still manage to keep possession.

 

Frankly, they are fun for the player to do. I thought they were fun to do. The danger with that is they will rely on them to much, and do stand up block tackle less that is a mistake.


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I was once playing an adult game, pretty competitive, and this huge player, weighed about 210 pounds, was dribbling straight at me in the middle of the field.  He showed just a little too much of the ball so I had a play.  He was a very skillful player and I weigh about 155 pds.  My choices were to hopefully kick the ball away and avoid most physical contact (I was 30+ at the time and tried to avoid physical soccer for the most part), perform a block tackle and hope I came out okay (scary proposition given his size), or just lay down and do a static-like slide tackle.  I chose the latter going to ground and putting my foot on the ball. He tried to bull through anyway but eventually lost the battle becuase I had the leverage being on the ground.

 

It's important to know how to slide tackle especially for HS and above.

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Mchill I'm not suprised common enough in the US. Yes they should learn to stay on their feet Willie but it is so cool to slide when you are a uyoung.

I get pissed at league administrators that don't know shit about the game and love to impose the no slide tackling rule it is just one form of tackling and a skill that needs to be learned. Best time to learn is early,teach and demand excellent technique and it is not a problem. But to ban a slide tackle because some one might get injured is just BS. Poor coaching results in more of the injurys from any type of tackle than just the tackle itself.

 

Maddog, I agree Uyoungs love to slide tackle however many of them have poor timing and more often than not they miss the ball and make contact with the opponent and for this reason I agree with the "no slide tackling" rule.  Slide tackling is an art which needs to be mastered not only in technique but also in when to use it.  I don't agree that the best time to learn it is when they are young as slide tackling needs better judgement and co-ordination than a normal tackle.  I've watched uyoungs start a slide tackle so early that the ball is nowhere to be seen by the time they reach their opponent, in fact with many uyoungs it isn't a slide tackle, it's a lunge.

 

Like many of the skills in football players need to learn to walk before they run and IMO slide tackling is "running" 

 


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Side question:

Do you teach your players that they shall NOT slide tackle from behind or into the keeper when you teach them about slide tacking?

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I don't think there is an age that you can say kids should learn the slide tackle by ____.  I think it's one of the last skills you concentrate on.  So if you have a U10 team which plays skillful soccer and is technically proficient in receiving, dribbling and kicking, then it would be good to teach the slide tackle.  Being proficient in those skills will help in teaching the slide tackle. On the other hand, if you have a U14 team which does not have good skills, then you probably want to defer slide tackling until they can play decent soccer.  The exception would be the player who just loves to slide tackle and needs to learn proper technique.

 

However, players can learn the slide tackle without any coaching. In fact, I think most players learn the slide tackle by being tackled by good players and by watching other players slide tackle.  That's how I learned.  I don't remember any coach ever teach the slide tackle to me and I used to be pretty good at it.

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Figured I'd follow up on a recent post which seems to have been deleted.

At what age do you start teaching to slide tackle?

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