Throw-ins are used to restart a football game whenever a ball goes over the sideline. It is called such because the manner, in which the ball is played, is by tossing (or throwing) it back into the field of play.

Throw-ins are awarded to the opponent of the team who touched the ball last as it goes over the sideline, whether on ground or on the air. And it must be done at the sideline where it came out.

This can be a decisive part of the game as it can lead to an opportunity to score a goal or maintain possession for the attacking team or it can present an opportunity for a turnover to the defending squad. That is why it is a skill that is integral in any football player’s arsenal.

Here are some tips for you to properly execute a throw-in so you never lose possession of the ball again–not unless the opponent gets it from you inside the field, then that’s a different story…

 

1. Hold the ball with a firm grip in between your two hands.

Best if the ball is secured with your both thumbs so it doesn’t slide through. Never ever use one hand to throw in a ball.

 

2. Make sure your feet are stable and pointing towards the field.

 

When making a throw-in, the player must have part of each foot either on the sideline or outside it. Stepping over the line can lead to a turnover of possession. Whether you throw the ball in a stationary position or you opt for a running throw-in, always make sure that neither foot crosses over the sideline. TIP: for a running throw-in, make sure you take a few steps back away from the sideline to give you space to move forward.

Whether you throw the ball in a stationary position or you opt for a running throw-in, always make sure that neither foot crosses over the sideline. TIP: for a running throw-in, make sure you take a few steps back away from the sideline to give you space to move forward.

 

3. Get momentum by arching your back slightly.

Contrary to what others see, the power in throwing the ball comes not just from the arm swing as the ball is hurled into the air. The real power and momentum come from your back. When properly arched, it gives extra propulsion to the ball as soon as it leaves your hands.

 

4. Throw the ball back from behind to over your head

Never throw the ball from the side of your head, from your chest (as you would in basketball) or any area below your head. Even during a quick play, make sure that the ball is above your head at least.

 

5. Launch the ball back to the field of play with a quick toss.

The strength and distance of the ball will depend on the point where you release it. If you toss the ball a short distance away from your face or near your forehead and with the trajectory facing down, then most likely the ball will drop a few meters away from where you stand. On the other hand, if you release the ball while it is still above your head, it will most likely travel a longer span.

 

Just a few things to remember when executing this:

  • A wrong throw will automatically award the possession to the opponent. A player from the opposing team must restart the play with a throw-in.
  • Thrower can only touch the ball in play AFTER another player has touched it first.
  • A goal from a direct throw-in is not counted. The ball must first touch another player as it comes in the net to be considered a goal.
  • The offside rule does not apply in throw-ins.
  • Receivers of the ball must AT LEAST be two meters away from the thrower. Moreover, opponents who stays too close to the thrower will be awarded a yellow card.

 

We hope this article will help you raise up your football game and execute throw-ins correctly. Any experience of a terrible throw-in from an opponent that granted you a goal in the end? Post your story in the Comments section below!

 

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