In soccer, throw-ins are used to put the ball back into play when it goes over the sidelines. At younger ages, throw-ins should not be taught as players are simply not physically ready for it. We really like Georgia’s “Kicking is Not Soccer” program that allows for continuous play at U5-U8. At older ages, throw-ins can be effective restarts and create dangerous scoring opportunities with skilled “long throw” players. At younger ages, throw-ins should simply be viewed as a way to continue the game. As players progress, it can create a tactical advantage that should be explored.


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