How to Start Scoring More Goals From Long Throw-Ins
Some soccer purists won't be vocal supporters, some coaches who favor a smooth passing, controlled game featuring short tiki-taka on the deck will revile it, but most of all, the team your playing against will be the ones who hate defending your team if you have a player that is capable delivering a dangerous long throw into the heart of the penalty area.
Here are five ideas to utilize as you create your long throw-in routine.
1. Develop Your Long Throw-In Routine
It might seem like a fairly easy tactic, designate one of your players who has the ability and technique to heave the ball into the box and see what happens.
You might take that simplistic approach, but there is no limit to how intricate your patterns of play can be for these routines: architect decoy runners, incorporate short throws from the long-thrower, target the near post, the far post, get creative and diverse.
2. Vary The Timing Of Your Runs
It's very useful to delay and shuffle the direction and intent of your runners, mix up the timing of your runs, and emphasize unpredictability.
Don't stand and be static, be quick off the mark and lively in the box, but also develop pattern that is unidentifiable to your opponents.
The more intricate and thoughtful your runs are, the harder they are to track and mark in the hustle and bustle of the 18-yard box.
3. Win The Second Balls
A high percentage of balls hoofed into the box from a long throw-in often lead to goals scored from the second ball. The ball that drops or turns loose from first contact is critical, and it's important that your players get there first to win the ball.
Develop a killer instinct that can sniff out the game and be first to the ball every time. Winning the battle for sharpness is paramount to getting results, and there's no underestimating the value of hunger and appetite for getting to the ball first.
Long throw-ins are useful for creating overloads and uncomfortable situations for defenders, so if you deliver a ball into the box from a long throw-in it creates high percentages chances to create and force home more goals.
4. Teach Players To Climb The Ladder and Hang
Work the different aspects of developing players that are good at attacking the ball in the air.
Build a strong core through focalized training, put in large amounts of time working on the body shape and mechanics of jumping and heading the ball, like building neck muscles, being proactive to the ball rather than reactive, and understanding of how to use arms to create and hold space for a mid-air header.
5. Head to Goal
It's important to practice heading on a full-size goal against a keeper, the header doesn't have to come from the velocity and impact of a corner delivery, you can serve balls from the endline and focus on technical finishing.
It's important to use the big goals because you want to get players comfortable heading on goal, seeing the ball hit the back of the net, and experience the joy of beating a keeper with a header or volleyed goal.
Get players fired up by letting them try to finish on goal verse a keeper.