Give your back line a good work-out and ensure they can block any move from wide. By MICHAEL BEALE MORE
Long throw-ins have become fashionable in youth soccer, where they are about as effective as having free-kicks or corners, especially if they’re near the goal. To defend against them, you need a basic set up with players aware of their responsibilities when the ball is played in. Use this soccer drill to get your players working on these skills.
Depending on the size and age of the players, you will normally see the long throw aimed at the near post – because the thrower cannot get it any further. Positioning starts with the goalkeeper who stays on their line at the near post.
Drill set up
Loading up the six-yard box
In the second diagram, the attackers have loaded the front of the six- yard box in the hope that one of them will get the nod down for the others to attack.
Get your players to man-mark again, but get another defender to move into the space in front of the attackers in case the throw lands short or for any defensive headers that come out that way.
Make sure your defenders are ready to run with the player they are marking, a loaded front leaves a lot of space behind to defend.
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