What is the correct way of slide tackling in football (soccer) without getting a foul?
- Timing is extremely important. Process your chances to get the ball quickly and make sure that you get to the ball first.
- Slide laterally, almost never straight
- Make sure that you touch the ball first, if not prepare yourself to get red carded
- Don’t launch both feet at the same time and in parallel
- Your wrong foot must go first and serves as support while your strong foot must be ready to direct or shield the ball for you.
- Don’t be too aggressive, a smooth slide tackle well executed is easy on the eye and the referee can see it and feel it when it is done right.
- Avoid the “scissor” effect on your opponent, it looks very bad and the referee will likely book or eject you.
- Protect your knee at all cost
- If you are already on a yellow card, it is better to avoid slide tackling unless you are trying to avoid a clear chance to a goal against your team.
- Slide tackles are usually instinctive and experienced players just do it on the go. Practice it in scrimmage games and see how well it flows before ever trying it in a real game.
Even if you follow all the advices above, you are still running the risk to be ejected if you don’t win the ball. So slide as a last resort only.
Here is a video showing some good examples of tackling in Football:
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