Slide Tackle In Soccer

What is slide tackle in soccer?

A slide tackle is a type of tackle in soccer used by a player to get possession of the ball for his team. The player performing the tackle will slide into the opposing player, but must be careful not to do so from behind or they risk getting a yellow card or red card if they make contact with anything other than the ball first or make a reckless tackle.

Slide Tackle Pros and Cons

A slide tackle is when a player goes into a feet first slide towards the ball, with the goal of completing a successful tackle. The benefits of this over a regular tackle are that:

  • The tackler, if successful, is able to tackle even if the attacker is larger than the defender.
  • The tackler, if successful, is able to tackle without making contact with the other player.

However, this move is risky as any contact with their cleats on something other than the ball can be called a foul and often results in a card. The punishment for poorly timed or malicious slide tackles is often a card because it puts the attacking player at risk for injury.


What is considered an illegal slide tackle?

There are several ways that a slide tackle can move from legal to illegal territory. If a player does any of the following, the tackle can be called for a foul or even given a card:

  • Tackling from behind
  • Endangering the safety of the player with the ball
  • Making contact with the opponent before the ball
  • Coming into contact with the opponent with a raised leg or cleat during the tackle

Why can slide tackles be so dangerous for players?

Illegal slide tackles can be dangerous due to the possibility for injury that they bring with them. If a player slides into another player and hits their ankle or knee, that player can very easily injure themselves. Ultimately, the rules that regulate slide tackles are in place to keep players safe and protected.