5v5 small-sided game to teach your players to take proper throw-ins


A small-sided game to encourage quick throw ins and movement off the ball.

Age range:

U7 upwards

Set up:

Create a 30×40 playing area with goals at both ends. Using flat cones, mark out two 5×5 yard boxes on each side line. The boxes should be placed about ten yards from each goal.

Divide your players into two teams of five or six.

Goalkeepers are optional.

Throw-in game

How to play:

First, demonstrate how to take a throw-in.

Then, two players from each team are put into the boxes at the end they are attacking. The remaining players play in the main area.

To score, a team must pass to one of the boxed players, who catch the ball or pick it up and quickly look to take a throw-in.

The attacking team tries to create a goal scoring opportunity from the throw-in before the defending team can get organized.

Award one point for a goal scored in open play and two points for a goal scored immediately after a throw-in.

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