Football is about pa sion. Tackling is form of art and skill in football which represents the pa sionate side of the game and in recent years in modern age of football it seems to have been driven out of, the beautiful game by the overprotective manner of certain referees, inconsistency and the occurrence of a diving culture in the game.The debate of tackling has raged on for years and shows no sign of ending, and its not hard to see why. Images of Bobby Moores iconic challenge on Jairzinho in Adam Mokoka Jersey 1970 and Terry Butchers bandaged, blood-spattered forehead are clear depictions of English footballs true grit and determination that has allowed it demand a global fan base into the millions.The globalisation of our game in England, has sanded down the rough edges of the old fashioned and physical English game of the past and change needs to happen before we see the complete extinction of a the art of tackling or one day in the near future tackling will become an archaic art!It would be real shame to see tackling outlawed in the English game because football is built on the physical and competitive side. Some great players have made a name for themselves by perfecting this skill; Roy Keane, Peter Reid, Bobby Moore, Robbie Savage and Tony Adams a few examples. Lee Dixon claims himself, he would be sent off every week under the current rules.I think the art of defending is something that is being slowly eroded. Its almost become a non-contact sport in as much as youre not allowed to tackle from the side or from behind, said Dixon. Players have contributed to the downfall of the tackle with all the play-acting and diving. Football is now le s of NBA Chicago Bulls Jeresy a defensive spectacle and thats not good for the game. I wouldnt like to be playing now. Fair points, though surely eradicating tackling from behind is reasonable enough?Defending is an art as much as goal scoring is in the game, a clean and fair slide tackle should be praised as tackling is a skill within football which needs to be encouraged and not punished as being dangerous unle s there is clear intent to injure the player. But in recent seasons, players often try to deceive the referee byPart of the problem appears to be the lack of cohesion and consistency between referees and their understanding of the new rules, particularly on two-footed tackle which is creating inconsistency in referring. This inconsistency is the heart of the i sue of tackling as dying Ryan Arcidiacono Jersey form of art in the beautiful game. One player in one game will make what seems on several replays a clean tackle and the split second decision by the referee will see him brand a red card. We will than see a similar slide tackle in another Premier League game and a different referee will make the right decision and not penalise the player. This inconsistency is at the heart of the i sue. The blame does not nece sarily fall all Chicago Bulls Hoodie on the shoulders of the referee who has to make a split second decision to reward a free kick or send the player of for what on several replays is fair tackle. This inconsistency is killing the art of tackling in the top level of the game. Technology can play its role and allow the art of tackling to be celebrated and not killed off.If we compare our English league to the Spanish league, their football is optimised by stylish and quick interchangeable pa sing relying on clever movement but now the art of tackling is a dying breed over in Spain, because players are encouraged to win tackles and diving is a form of art more than a tackling. Italian football is very technical and astute with some of the fittest profe sionals around but English football has since lost its robust identity.One of the biggest dilemmas facing the art of tackling, is the accelerating growth of play-acting in the modern game, when players such as; Luis Suarez, Gareth Bale and Ashley Young, deceive the referee by diving which in turn prevents players from making fair and clean tackles without having the fear of being sent off or a penalty being awarded against them. The diving, the media led us Jerry Sloan Jersey to believe is a foreign disease which has been encouraged into our English game from Spain.Its the grit and determination that has made the sport such a draw acro s the world and why English clubs, even more so than their Spanish and Italian counterparts, can demand a global fan base of millions. Lets not take the art of tackling out of the beautiful game.