A sliding tackle, commonly known as a slide tackle involves a player sliding along the ground to kick the ball away from an opponent. The tackling player must make contact with the ball, otherwise a foul is committed and a caution can be given.
Is a sliding tackle legal in Soccer?
A sliding tackle is not deemed a foul if the player makes contact with the ball and the tackle is under control; therefore this form of tackle is legal. However, if the referee deems the sliding tackle to be dangerous or reckless, this can lead to a foul being given and even a punishment of a yellow or red card.
Dangerous and reckless play is when the referee considers that the sliding tackle has the intention to cause harm or injury to the opposing player. Examples of this can be a sliding tackle from behind the opposing player with no contact on the ball or when a slide tackle leaves the ground and makes contact with the opposing player.
Although contact on the ball is important, if the referee thinks the sliding tackle endangers the opposing player even with ball contact but out of control, a foul and punishment can be given.