Soccer Ball Control From Throw-In's
I was watching a youth soccer game over the weekend and noticed how many times young players have difficulty with soccer ball control from throw-ins. There is a stoppage of play, the thrower tosses it into a player checking in, and then a poor touch starts the counter attack the other way. This is often why you see so many teams and coaches throwing the ball up the line to avoid turnovers.
I designed this training to improve this element of young players games. You see, that is one thing that sets me far apart from other online soccer trainers. As a former player, I have an eye for what the developing player needs. And as a current and active coach at the top levels in youth soccer, I can spot the little elements to the game that can make big improvements for all levels of players.
Let’s check out this one: Soccer Ball Control from Throw-Ins.
Here is the set:up:
Player Checks into the 5x5 Grid, collects the ball and returns the pass, ideally on the ground. The player repeats 5 throws with the feet, thigh, chest, and head, before going to the right hand side.
**This exercise is all about players finding success. Your player may not be able to control the ball out of the air from a throw in and play it back perfectly every time. Get closer, use underhanded tosses, and find success. Then try to back up and do 1-2 regular throws. Take baby steps until they get comfortable and can perform the exercise at will.
Reps: 5 Feet/5 Thigh/5 Chest/ 5 Head repeat on right hand side for 1 set. Repeat the entire exercise 3 times, take small 1-2 minute breaks in between to make sure you are training at a high level.
- Soft First Touch.
- Keep the touch in front of you, training to keep your body between the ball and the defender.
- Solid pass back, but also one the thrower could play first time, without having to take a controlling touch. Keep in mind here, you also need enough weight on the pass so the defender cannot intercept.
Enjoy, get out there and train.
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