and Defending & Football
As a skill in football, jockeying has absolutely nothing do
with horses. Instead, it’s a useful skill that every
player must learn.
Tackling is not the only means of slowing down
your opponent or gaining possession of the ball.
With the use of jockeying, you can limit the
time and space used by your opponent. Doing this will give
your team mates the opportunity to regain their proper positions.
Jockeying step one
Position your body sideways. However, slightly
open up your shoulders so you can create a barrier against
your opponent. At the same time, this position will make sure
that your opponent is always right in front of you.
Place your weight on your toes and keep your
knees slightly bent. This way, you can easily change your
body’s direction as you start moving towards the back.
Jockeying step two
Now, you must be on the ‘goal side’
while making sure that you are right in front of your opponent.
To achieve this position, you should move backwards while
turning on your back foot.
Jockeying step three
Add pressure to your opponent by maintaining
about an arm’s distance from him. Create a natural barrier
by ensuring that your arms are slightly outstretched. However,
be careful not to push your opponent.
No matter what your position is, you must be
able to deliver a tackle.
Once the opposing team has gained control of the ball, the
obvious aim is for your team to regain possession.
While there are various ways to accomplish this,
the block tackle is the best and most usual method.
To execute a block tackle, you must quickly
approach your opponent and deny him space and time with which
to manage the ball. However, you must not be too hasty or
too serious since you may either be fouled or beaten by your
While waiting for the perfect opportunity to
challenge your opponent, consider jockeying him.
In some instances, the opponent may easily commit
errors as a result of the increased pressure on him.
Once you think you can effectively retrieve
the ball, you can start preparing for the actual tackle. To
do this, shift your weight forwards and use the inside of
your foot to do the tackle.
Oftentimes, the ideal opportunity for the tackle
comes when the opponent begins preparing for a pass. Or, you
may attempt the tackle when the opponent begins trying to
knock the ball past you.
Sometimes, the ball may get wedged in between
your feet and your opponent’s. When this happens, place
your foot under the ball, lift it and retrieve it.
Throughout the tackle, you must maintain firmness
in your leg and ankle.
Once you start the tackle, be sure to fully
commit to the technique since a lapse in any of the movements
may cause you to get injured.
Given proper timing, the sliding tackle can
be an extremely effective skill.
Although the technique may look really good, you must keep
in mind that it should only be used as a last-ditch tackle.
The sliding tackle can also be problematic since
it can render the defender temporarily motionless, and thus
he will be out of the game.
If attempted without the proper timing, you
may also get fouled. If you are within the box, you may get
Football no longer allows players to tackle
their opponents from behind. Therefore, you must make sure
you tackle your opponent on his side, and when you are across
Sometimes, you may have to run to your goal
and your opponent may be ahead of you. If you want to tackle
that opponent, you must place your tackling foot around the
side of his body. Failure to do this will result in a foul.
While you are sliding in, try to hook or pass
the ball with the use of the leg that is farther from your
Regardless of the tackle’s success, make
sure you get up as soon as you finish the move.