Throw-in Overview [source unknown]

12 Oct
  • Throw-ins: technique and tactics
  • Your youth soccer team could have 20 throw-ins or even more during the course of a match.
  • That should be 20 opportunities to launch an attack but very often all that happens is that the ball is thrown straight to an opponent or the receiver can’t control it and your team loses possession.
  • So it is important all your players know what to do when you get a throw-in.
  • Let’s start with the rules.
  • Law 15 says:
  • The thrower… must face the field of play and part of each foot shall be either on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline [as the ball is released]. The thrower shall use both hands and shall deliver the ball from behind and over his head.
  • If one or more of these conditions is not met, the referee will call a foul throw and award the throw to the other team.
  • That’s a needless way to lose possession so let’s make sure the technique is right.
  • 1. Hold the ball in both hands with the index fingers and thumbs close together. The thrower’s hands should form a “W” or “U” shape.
  • 2. Hold the ball behind the head, elbows sticking out and arms relaxed.
  • 3. Stand just behind the touchline, facing the field, with both feet together.
  • Coaching note 1: there is no need for your players to run towards the line. Most young soccer players will get as much distance on their throw and there is much less likelihood of them lifting their back foot off the ground or stepping on to the field of play as they let go of the ball if they stand still.
  • 5. Bend at the knees and lean back a little from the waist, keeping the ball behind the head.
  • 6. Snap the body upright and bring the ball over the head, releasing it at it’s highest point.
  • Coaching note 2: teach your players how to throw the ball in the same way you teach other passing techniques. Get the accuracy and pace right before working on power and distance.
  • Did you know?
  • If one of your players takes a throw-in and throws the ball directly into your goal, you can relax. It’s not an own goal, it’s a corner. And if an opponent throws the ball into your goal without another player touching the ball it’s a goal kick, not a goal.
  • Throw-in tactics
  • Now we’ve got the technique right, it’s time to give a bit of thought to tactics.
  • First of all, a plea from me: don’t tell your players to always “throw it down the line!” For one thing, throwing the ball down the line is only the best option if there is a player actually waiting down the line to receive it (see the Give and Go throw, below) and there isn’t a player in a better position within range of the throw elsewhere on the field.
  • Second, you should let your players make their own decisions. If you tell them what to do every time they pick up the ball they’ll never learn to spot an opportunity for themselves.
  • The one thing you can tell your players is to take throw-ins quickly. Speed is of the essence. If your players know that the nearest player should pick the ball up as quickly as possible, look for an open team mate and try to throw the ball in within a few seconds of the ball going out. If successful you will gain a big advantage… about 20 times in every game.
  • The Give and Go throw
  • The Give and Go throw is, perhaps, the most common and effective throw-in tactic. You will see it played time and time again by professional teams and it’s really quite easy to teach.
  • The ball is thrown to a player standing 10 or 15 yards from the thrower and about five yards out from the touchline, towards the opponent’s goal.
  • Just before the throw is taken, the receiver moves quickly towards the thrower. This sudden movement should shake off a marking player and allow the receiver time to receive the ball. The ball is thrown to the receiver’s feet. The receiver returns the ball to the thrower, turns and runs down the line or towards the goal.
  • The thrower then plays a quick return pass either in the air over the defenders’ heads or on the ground.
  • Practise this move in pairs to get the timing right then follow up with a small-sided game when every time the ball goes dead (i.e., when the ball goes over the side or end lines, a goal is scored or a foul is committed), the game is re-started with a throw-in. This gives your players lots of opportunities to practice throw-ins in a game situation.
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