Football Glossary: Two-Footed Tackle

Two-Footed Tackle

A two-footed tackle (using both feet) is seen as a dangerous tackle as it is reckless and the tackler has little control and may cause injury to the opponent. Sometimes a two-footed tackle may be ‘over the ball‘, which means that it is high and really dangerous and can cause serious injury. This type of tackle, when a player lunges at the opponent, usually with both feet off the floor or ground, usually results in a red card.

    • Example: Referees are now ordered to punish all two-footed challenges with red cards.
    • Example: Everton coach, Moyes accepted Nolan’s apologies following his ugly two-footed tackle.
    • Example: Referees are just ‘applying law’ on two-footed tackle (The Independent, 28 December 2007)
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