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The tackle

Tackles involving more than one tackler
  • First tackler should follow the key points for the front-on shoulder tackle
  • Second tackler should follow the key points for the smother tackle
  • Try to communicate with the other tackler and act simultaneously
  • Both players should release the ball carrier as soon as possible, get back to their feet and compete for the ball


Nearly half of all tackles involve more than one tackler. The double tackle is rarely planned and is difficult to coach. It is not encouraged, particularly among young players.