Set Piece Strategy - Throw-In Plays

The following training session is from Ritchie Semple. Ritche is the Director of Football for LGC Events and has been coaching soccer for 18 years with 13 years experience at delivering soccer education programs.

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soccer throw-in play

Designed for a throw in near the midfield third of the pitch. Especially useful against tightly marking defences who aggressively defend the midfield line. Its simple and effective for players of almost any age. This play involves 3 players. The two possible receivers of the ball simply switch position, but in such a way as to screen the defenders.

Full Back A is in position for the throw in. B is up field as far as possible for a quick throw. (No more than 20 yards). Player C is square with A about 10 yards of the sideline. B starts the play by 'showing' or running to A for the ball. Player C immediately sprints, passing just in front of B. This will briefly screen the defender. The ball should be delivered between C and the sideline so that the ball can be shielded from the defense.


A simple little Throw-In play primarily for the little guys and girls! Its simple, easy and usually pretty effective, since the little guys don't pay enough attention anyway. You will primarily want to use this in the attacking third of the field. You need two players, one to throw it in long and a speedy one to receive the ball. 

Full Back A gets in position to make the throw. B shouts loudly that he will take the throw and begins to jog toward A to take the ball. A has to play along and lower the ball in a non-threatening position (or even start to put it down) to get the defense to switch off. About 3 to 5 yards from A, B rolls and sprints towards goal. A has to make a long and accurate ball into the space in front of the sprinting B. 

throw-in play

LGC Events organizes 'Total Football Experience' tours to the Pinatar Arena in San Pedro del Pinatar in Murcia, Spain. LGC Football and the Pinatar Arena welcome teams of all ages and abilities to experience professional standard facilities, the warm weather and a superb choice of accommodations to suit all. Find out more at www.totalfootballexperience.com.