Let's say that the striker is closing in to the goal post on the right side. As a defender, I am running towards the middle of the right post and the striker. I perform a slide tackle towards the line in anticipation of a shot from the striker.
3 possible scenarios could happen with the slide tackle:
- The striker hits the ball and I might take it out of play with my slide tackle
- The striker side steps me and continues to the goal
- The slide tackle in front of the striker caught him by surprise and he crashes into me with the ball.
Is the above move legitimate in football? What happens if situation 3 happens, is it a foul? Is it risky for the striker to get injured?
I'm playing recreational football, so I'm not sure if I should be doing any slide tackle at all even if the striker is far from me.