EXPERT SESSIONS AND ADVICE FOR GRASSROOTS SOCCER COACHES

How to take advantage at throw-ins

Every throw-in your team gets will be either an opportunity to launch a fresh attack or make an accurate pass to a player in space. But, all too often, possession is literally thrown away by players who don’t know what to do when they’ve got the ball in their hands.

Throw in techniqueTry out these ways to make sure your players know what to do at throw-ins

Start with a game that makes taking throw-ins fun for young players. Throw-in frenzy gets them to practice without the boring repetition of just standing and throwing.

Now, think about tactics that can help your team create goal-scoring chances from throw-ins. Turn throw-ins into goals is a very good give and go movement to get behind a defence.

Short throw-ins need accuracy and communication – they are a great way to create space and to advance up the pitch. Feet first is a session I use a lot to get players thinking about where to throw the ball.

If you have a player who can throw the ball a good distance then use him/her to take attacking throw-ins, which can be as devastating as a corner kick. Try How to take long throw-ins, which not only shows the technique but gives you a game to play.

And finally I often get asked about throw-ins to my AskDave email – read my answer to this query My team are often disorganised at throw-ins… Help!

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