Soccer: Throw-In Lead-Up Game

Soccer: Throw-In Lead-Up Game

Dick Moss, Editor, Physical Education

This dodgeball variation gives students practice in using the correct overhead throw-in technique for soccer. It also develops quickness and agility.

Divide your class into three equal teams. Then establish a playing zone of 40 meters (yards) x 20 meters, divided into two ten meter-wide end zones and a 20 m wide center zone.

Place one team into each zone and give both end-zone teams a ball (soccer, volleyball or playground ball).

How to Play
The object of the game is for the end zone teams to hit the center-zone players with a ball. Only correct overhead throw-in technique can be used and all contact by the ball must be below the waist.

The point is scored ever time a center player is hit below the waist, and the ball is returned to the thrower after a point is scored. To encourage correct throw-in form, deduct a team point every time a player uses an illegal throwing motion.

The task of the center players is to avoid being touched by a ball. Encourage them to use quick cuts and changes in direction and speed.

Play for a certain time period then rotate the position of the three teams. After all three teams have been in the middle, the squad with the highest score wins.

1. Mick Lewis, Throw In Technique in Soccer for Beginners.
2. Joseph A. Luxbacher, "Fun Games for Soccer Training." Leisure Press, 1987.

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