When it comes to throw-ins, you want a player on the move who can take the ball in their stride and use it to advance your team up the pitch. Use the following soccer coaching tips and drills to get throwers and receivers practising these skills.
Throw-ins are good attacking weapons but you also need to be able to make the most of them when you are defending as well.
I use these throw-in soccer drills to give all my teams good basic tactics so they know what to do when they pick the ball up.
- In diagram one, player A throws to player B who gives the ball back to player A with the inside of the right foot on the volley.
- Once your players have done the drill a few times with their right foot, player B does the same this time using the left foot as in diagram two – again playing the ball from the throw-in before it touches the ground.
Key soccer coaching tip: concentrate on the quality of the throw-in.
Player A should always make sure his throw makes it easy for player B to move to the ball and volley back – the throw should put the ball at the right height, in the right spot and at the right pace – make sure your throwers concentrate on this, aiming the ball in the general direction of player B is not good enough.
Players shouldn’t be put under pressure
A ball thrown at chest or head height will put player B under pressure, as defenders will have a chance of intercepting as player B tries to control the ball.
Develop the drill
- You can progress the throw-in drill – as in diagram three – by adding a defender and another teammate.
- Player A must then disguise his throw, so the defender runs to the wrong player.
Support and move from the throw-in
- In the drill shown in diagram four add another defender. This time the thrower and his attackers must support each other once the initial throw has been made.
- Player B must receive the ball, pass to player C then support the pass so player C can pass back to him. Or player C can pass long to player A who has run into an attacking position down the wing.
- Alternatively, player B can either play the ball back to player A and set up an attack, or retain possession, and still set up a 3 v 2 situation.
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