Tackle

Sport: Soccer

When a player wins the ball from an opponent by intercepting it without committing a foul this is deemed a successful tackle by the referee. Every position on the pitch is required to tackle but a team usually has specialist players in defense or certain midfielders who are expert tacklers. Tackles are common in every match however can be risky if performed in the penalty area as a foul could be committed and a penalty kick awarded.

What are the different types of Tackle?

There are many ways to tackle in soccer and as long as the ball is taken cleanly the tackle is successful. Some of the main ways to tackle are:

  • Slide tackle – This style of tackle is very common and when performed successfully is often spectacular to watch. The player attempts to slide along the ground towards an opponent, clearing the ball out of play or winning possession for their team.  
  • Shoulder tackle – This style can also be known as ‘shoulder barge’ and is when a player uses their shoulder or upper body to shield the ball. The aim is to get their body between the opponent and the ball. 
  • Block tackle – This style of tackle is when a player physically stops the ball by blocking a shot or pass from an opponent. This tackle doesn’t always win possession but can stop an attack or goal from being scored. 

When is a tackle a foul in soccer?  

The referee is responsible for deciding if a tackle is illegal thus being a foul. Sometimes they may receive help from the assistant referee. If a player commits a reckless tackle the referee may decide to award a free kick to the opposition team. A tackle is deemed reckless when a player doesn’t make contact with the ball and stops or causes injury to the opponent. This can also lead to a warning being given or for repeated offenses, a caution.

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