Tackle in football is a method used by a player in taking the ball from an opponent. This can be achieved by making a slide tackle to move the ball away from the opponent or using the leg to acquire possession of the ball.
Tackling is one of the two ways that players use to gain possession of the ball, the other is an interception. The difference between the two is that tackling involves challenging an opponent while interception does not. A player who had master his or her tackling skills can easily control a ball.
Types of Tackles
There are three main types of tackles used in football, and these are the block, poke, and slide tackle. Mastering these is essential for players.
The block tackle is done to break up an opponent’s attack. The defender does this by moving into the path that the attacker is taking or the path where the pass or shot is done and then taking possession of the ball. The defender who does this must remember to immediately change direction by bending the knees and staying on the toes. While doing so, it is important not to overextend the leading leg since it can prevent swiftness in the change of motion. It can also allow the opponent to do a ghost past.
Another type of tackle is the poke. This type is executed from behind or the side of an opponent on a trailing position. It can be very effective when the ball is not fully shielded from the player. Players who do the poke will thrust his or her leg to meet the ball. While doing so, they should remember that balance is very important as well as body movement coordination. Ensuring balance and coordination will prevent the player from falling after making the block.
Last but definitely not least is the slide tackle. This type is considered as the most effective and riskiest of all. That is why players only use it as a last resort. In doing the slide tackle, players should remember the importance of control, which can help in maneuverability and recovery. It is done with one leg extending to push the ball far or away from the opponent. If not done right, it can result in a foul or an injury.