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How to throw the ball out of bounds?


Throwing the ball in from the sideline is quite an important point when playing soccer: in such a situation, it is possible to extend the possession of the ball, create a dangerous moment or, that no one needs, lose the ball. Therefore, the ability to correctly throw the ball out of touch is one of the fundamental skills of playing football. It is also one of the most psychologically challenging tasks in the game. First of all, all players stop and turn their full attention to the person throwing the ball. Add to this the fact that many players do not work on developing throwing skills, which is an effective recipe for failure. But do not worry. Read this article, take the proper time to train, and then you can get the most out of the throw-in.

1) Take the ball in your hands.If you are not a goalkeeper, then you are probably not used to holding the ball in your hands when playing soccer, so enjoy the moment. Grasp the ball with both hands and lower your hands with the ball behind your head. The palms should be placed “behind” the ball so that during the throw-in you can push the ball forward as much as possible. Hold the ball firmly but comfortably in your hands.

2) Face the field.Step back about one to two meters beyond the sideline so you can go over to it, but not cross. Some players prefer to bring their legs together, others put one foot forward. Choose the option that suits you best. Turn in the direction you want to throw.

3) Carefully examine the field.The most important thing is to determine exactly where to throw the ball. You can decide in advance on whom to throw outs, or focus on an open player. Having made the decision, quickly throw the ball so that the opponents do not have time to unravel your plan.

4) Run to the sideline to throw the ball.Take a small run, literally 2-4 steps, to throw the ball with sufficient force.

5) Slightly bend your back.This action should be performed immediately before the throw-in of the ball. Many players only roll with their hands, but most of the throw-in power is given to the ball with their backs and shoulders, as well as due to a run.

6) Align your shoulders to the place where you will direct the ball,and put your foot forward. When you are ready to throw the ball, then make sure that your shoulders are pointing towards the throw. This is very important for accuracy, and also because the ball must pass directly above your head (between the shoulders). Now stop and put your supporting leg. Do not take your feet off the ground, otherwise it will be regarded as a violation of the rules.

7) Throw the ball.The palms with the ball should move up and forward to pass directly above the head. At the same time, straighten the arched back forward like a spring and rest your toe on the back of the lawn. Extend your arms fully in front of you and let go of the ball as it leaves the head. Do not lower your head and keep it straight after a throw-in so that the ball does not fly into the lawn.

8) Hurry back to the game.The throw-in is completed and, hopefully, the ball has reached the target. Now return to the field to help the team. If you accidentally throw a ball to an opponent, then try to take it away as soon as possible.

The throw-in is very important strategy. When you are close to your own gate, extreme care must be taken. The shortest throw to the near player will be the safest. In the middle of the field you need to think about moving towards someone else's goal, but do not lose the ball. Find an open teammate, preferably closer to the opponent’s goal. Near the opponent’s goal, try to create a dangerous moment from out. You cannot throw the ball directly into the goal, but you can throw it far enough to try to develop an attack. You can also throw the ball shortly on a player who can go along the flank and make a canopy. In the “strategy development” of the face-off, most novice players and their teammates forget to include the face-off player in it. But after putting the ball in, he remains the only unnoticed player on the field. In a tense moment, a good decision after a throw-in is to return the ball to this player so that he defuses the situation or continues the attack.

Exercise a throw-out regularly. Repetition is the mother of learning, and the ability to throw the ball accurately will save your nerve cells.
Do not take your feet off the ground, this is a violation of the rules.
A run helps to throw the ball further. Do not forget, while running, there is a chance to raise the hind leg. In fact, this is not a violation of Rule 15, because with almost every throw-in, the back leg rises when the ball goes out of hand, but the referees are quite stubborn and do not always look carefully enough, so many may think that the leg is off the ground before the ball has been thrown. To prevent this from happening, the players learned to rest their toes on the lawn. Sometimes it is just necessary to throw the ball very quickly onto a close player. In this case, an acceleration is not required, but the remaining recommendations should not be forgotten.

Want to throw the ball as far as possible? Try to learn how to throw with a somersault.

Use the trick. Do you want to throw a ball on a close player, but your opponents are spinning around him? Take a run, as if you were about to throw the ball away, and in the end, make a short throw. These little tricks will puzzle your rivals and help your teammates open up.
Having picked up the ball in your hands, start a run and, putting your feet side by side on the side line, make a throw-in. It is very important to complete everything quickly and take the opponent by surprise.

If, after a throw-in, you touch the ball before another player makes it, then your opponents will have the right to take a free kick.
The right to enter the ball because of the side will be transferred to another team if one of the following events occurs: one or both legs completely cross the side line and are on the field, the player will not be able to throw in one continuous movement of the ball from behind the head, the back leg will tear away land at the time of the throw-in. In the first two cases, the cancellation of a throw-in by an arbitrator will be considered a trifle, in the latter case it will be a violation of Rule 15.
Your stronger foot should be in front.

Face-off Rules

The player taking the throw-in throws the ball to teammates with their hands raised above their heads. When a player releases the ball, his feet should touch the ground and be either behind the sideline, or exactly on it. A ball thrown after a throw-in is not counted.

When throwing in, it is best to hold the ball by its back and sides, with fingers wide apart. The thumbs of two hands almost touch each other. Thus, the control and feeling of the ball is greatly improved.

Exercises to improve the throw-in technique

In order to learn how to correctly take the throw-in, you can use a simple exercise, which will require a partner. Stand about 10 meters apart and pass the ball to each other using shots. First, throw the ball only at the feet of the partner, so that he easily accepted and processed the ball. When it works out well enough, you can complicate the task by passing the ball not only to the legs, but also to the head, chest or thigh of the partner. In addition, you can work out a system of conventional signs, when your partner will show the direction of transmission by gestures.

Long faceoffs

Almost every professional team has at least one player who specializes in long throw-ins. This is very useful for creating dangerous moments, since when throwing in from the side, the offside position is not fixed. To perform a long throw, you need to take a few quick steps to the line, bring the ball over your head and tilt the body forward, transferring the weight of your body.


The right to throw the ball in because of the sideline may be transferred by the referee to another team if:

  • The player hasn’t put the ball behind his head,
  • The player tore his feet off the ground at the time of the throw-in,
  • The player stepped in for a sideline throw-in.

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Throwing the ball is one way to restart the game. A goal scored immediately after a throw-in is not counted. The throw-in is appointed when the ball completely crosses the side line of the field - on the ground or in the air from the place where the ball crossed the line in favor of the opposing team of the player who last touched the ball.

If the ball immediately after a throw-in hits the opponent’s goal, the referee must order a goal kick. If the ball immediately after a throw-in falls into the goal of the team whose player made the throw-in, the referee must appoint a corner kick.

Procedure edit |1. Procedure

When throwing the ball, the thrower must:

  • stand facing the field
  • place part of each of its legs on the side line or on the ground outside the side line
  • throw the ball with both hands from behind and over the head from the place where the ball left the field

All opponents must be no closer than 2m (2 yards) from the point where the face-off is made.

The ball is in the game when it enters the field. If the ball touches the ground before it enters the field, the throw-in is repeated by the same team from the same place. If the throw-in is not executed correctly, then it is performed by the opposite team.

If the player, correctly performing the throw-in, deliberately throws the ball at the opponent in order to play the ball again, but does not do it recklessly, recklessly or using excessive force, the referee continues the game.

The thrower must not touch the ball until another player has touched it.

2. Violations and punishments

If, after the ball enters the game, the thrower touches the ball again before it is touched by another player, a free kick is awarded.

If the thrower intentionally plays the ball with his hand:

  • awarded a free kick
  • an 11-meter kick is awarded if a violation occurs in the thrower’s penalty area, except when the goalkeeper of the defending team plays with his hand, in this case a free kick is awarded

An opponent who dishonestly distracts or interferes with the thrower (including moving closer than 2m (2 yards) to the place where the throw-in takes place) receives a warning for unsportsmanlike conduct and, if the throw-in was completed, a free kick is awarded.

For any other violation of this Rule, the face-off is made by a player of the opposing team.