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 he risks getting a yellow card or red card if they make contact with anything other than the ball.
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:
However, this move is risky as any contact with their cleats on something other than the ball will 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.