Soccer coaching tips to help players create space with throw ins

Creating space is something coaches talk about all the time because if your team has space to work in, it is easier for them to keep possession of the ball. One of the ways to create space that I work on with my players is from the throw-in. Try the following soccer coaching tips to help your players achieve this.

I use this tactic, which involves my players moving in two directions to fool the opposition and create space. The first movement is away from the player taking the throw-in, the second is a move back into the space created by the movement.

It works well if players work hard and move at the right time. There are a lot of skill elements in this tactic – a good first touch on the ball, sharp and decisive movement off the ball.

In the diagram, A, B and C face the thrower – with A a few yards behind the other two. The player nearest the thrower needs to be about five yards from the touchline.

Soccer coaching tips to get players throwing in and creating space


How it works

  • When the thrower shouts his own name, this is the cue for A, B and C to move.
  • C runs down the line towards the corner flag.
  • B runs towards the corner of the penalty area.
  • A must wait a couple of seconds for B and C to go, then quickly move into the space created by their movement.
  • The throw-in goes to A, who can then play into the path of the two runners.
  • The role of A is crucial. This player has to move away from their marker and provide the accurate pass down the flank or a simple pass back to the thrower.
  • A can move to different areas depending on where the space opens up.
  • A could also hit a first-time volley from the throw-in, making the move even quicker.

Key to the move is the creation of space, so it is up to the attacking team to try and move defenders into other areas.

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Click the link to read the rules for throws-ins with Soccer Coaching Laws of the Game, Law 15, the throw in.

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