Sliding tackles are legal but risky. Therefore, players must know how to perform them safely and when to use them. This post describes a sliding tackle drill used by Atletico Madrid.
This drill is designed for 4 players, making it suitable to use with a couple of friends or when you have a low turnout to training. You don’t need an actual football pitch for this drill, but you need enough space for the players and goals. If the number of attendees is higher than 4, split the players into groups of 4. If you have odd numbers, the players that arrived later to the practice will be out or helping to pick up balls or taking the place of the mannequin in the diagram.
In addition to enough space to practice, you will need a minimum of 3 balls per group, 2 small goals, a mannequin and enough cones to mark the stations as in the picture above. If you can’t get hold of small goals, use cones. If you don’t have mannequins, as mentioned above, the players that arrived late can take their place.
The objective is for the players to keep a clean sheet when it is their turn to defend the goals. You can practice this drill as a competitive game between the players. The instructions are as follow.
Be creative and add your own rules. But, make sure to maintain the spirit of the drill. The drill emphasises speed and reaction, so make sure of pointing out any bad habits or incorrect techniques when sliding or heading.
Have a look at the first part of the video below for more clarity.
The main objective of this drill is to defend the goals. Regularly practising this drill will minimise timing mistakes when executing a sliding tackle. In addition, this sliding tackle drill will improve other aspects of your players’ game:
I hope you find this drill helpful. If you like this post, please share it with your friends. If you know other exercises or have any questions, leave a comment below.