How to calm aggressive tackling techniques in football and rugby


To be a good rugby or football player, you need to hone your aggressive tackling skills. An effective tackle will take down your opposition or steal the ball from under their feet, stopping them in their tracks and providing your team with opportunities. It requires good timing, technique and body position. In order to ensure that your training sessions run smoothly and your players still feel unified as a team you may want to look at Discount Football Kits from places such as rather than playing in your match kits.

Here are some coaching tips to help develop your tackling skills and apply the necessary aggression required to make your tackling efficient and effective for both football and rugby players.

Areas to concentrate on during rugby drills

  1.     Do not grab or flop down as you tackle your opponent. Your aim is to knock them off balance, using short, quick driving steps as you make contact.
    2.      No aeroplane arms flung out to the side. Keep your arms in close like chicken wings.
    3.      Aim for the torso, not the ball, shoulders or feet.
    4.      Launch into the tackle with the same shoulder and foot for maximum force.
    5.      As you meet your opponent, punch out your arms and grab around the torso and grip hard.
    6.      Always keep your eyes open throughout the approach, tackle and recovery stages.
    7.      Return to your feet as quickly as possible after a tackle, with the aim of contesting the ball if you can.

Areas to concentrate on during football drills

  1. As football is essentially a non-contact sport grabbing your opponent aggressively by the body or clothing will see you issued with a yellow and possibly even a red card.
  2. Aim for the ball. When tackling a player your aim should always be to engage with the ball, not the other player. Again this is something that the referee and lines men will be looking out for.
  3. Speed is of the utmost importance when it comes to tackling an opponent and gaining control of the ball. If you are quicker than they are you will probably only need to intercept the ball rather than involve yourself in a full tackle situation
  4. Reading the game play can help you to predict where the ball is going to be passed and where the player with the ball is aiming for. This will help you to make a decision on where best to tackle the player and hopefully gain control of the ball for your team.

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