The Strategic Importance of Throw-Ins at Charlotte Rise FC



The Strategic Importance of Throw-Ins at Charlotte Rise FC
At Charlotte Rise FC, we prioritize teaching youth soccer skills that extend beyond the basics of dribbling, passing, and shooting. A key area of focus is the proper technique and strategic use of throw-ins. We treat throw-ins not just as a method to restart the game but as a significant opportunity to maintain possession and control the pace of the match.

Mastering the Basics

The foundation of our training starts with ensuring each player knows how to perform a throw-in correctly. This means keeping both feet on the ground, using both hands to deliver the ball from behind the head, and ensuring the ball re-enters the field of play correctly. Once these basics are mastered, we introduce more complex strategies.

Emphasizing Quick Restarts

Our players learn the importance of fast restarts early on. A quick throw-in can catch the opposition off guard, providing our team with a tactical advantage. This aspect of play encourages players to remain alert and ready to act as soon as the ball leaves the field.

Strategic Throw-Ins

As players develop, we emphasize the importance of strategically thinking about where to throw the ball:

Directional Throws

Players are taught to throw the ball backward across the field to switch the play or downfield to advance into attacking positions, always to retain possession.

Retention Focus

The primary goal is to keep the ball. We stress that every throw-in is a chance to maintain control over the game, similar to how possession is valued in other sports.

Spatial Awareness and Tactical Execution

A critical part of our strategy involves teaching on-field players how to position themselves to receive the ball effectively:

Positioning and Movement

Players learn to find space and position themselves advantageously to receive the throw.

Synchronized Timing

The player executing the throw is trained to time their throw with the movements of their teammates, targeting the moment they check back towards the throw.
The Basketball Analogy

Consider a youth basketball game where the team turns the ball over on every inbound play. Such a scenario would likely prompt immediate timeouts, with coaches and fans demanding a better strategy to ensure the ball reaches the best handler safely. In soccer, however, it seems there is a general acceptance when the ball is simply thrown down the field without much strategic thought, often resulting in a turnover. 

At Charlotte Rise FC, we challenge this norm by treating throw-ins with the same strategic consideration as basketball inbounds play. We aim to ensure that every throw-in is used effectively, teaching players that every aspect of the game, including throw-ins, can be optimized to retain possession and create advantageous situations.


By redefining how throw-ins are perceived and used in youth soccer, Charlotte Rise FC not only enhances the tactical skills of our players but also increases their enjoyment and understanding of the game. We teach our players to see throw-ins as a critical component of gameplay, similar to how a well-executed inbound in basketball can change the flow of the game. This approach not only gives our teams a competitive edge but also fosters a deeper appreciation and strategic insight among our young athletes.