Throw-In Loop

Drill Purpose

This is a procedure used to evade a defender in order to receive a throw-in. There are many variations to this drill. Players practice this drill to increase their chances of scoring a goal by using loop-back runs to get behind defending players.


1. Three players are used in this drill. The distance from A to B is about 5 to 10 yards and the distance between B to C is about 7 yards.

2. B makes a decoy run to allow player C to receive a throw-in from player A.

3. C dribbles into the corner area while B times his or her run
to get into position to meet the ball on the run.

4. C crosses to B who then shoots at the goal.

Points of Emphasis

Throw-In Loop is a drill designed to trick an opposing defense in order to get a shot on goal. During this drill, instruct players to…

– Be creative with feinting. It’s important to draw defenders away..
– Timing is critical so be aware of everything that’s happening on the field.


As players gain an understanding of the game, further variations include:

1. Using defenders who may not know what drill is being attempted.
2. Add more offensive players for more options.

Motivation / Teaching Tips

Tip #1 – Reward offensive groups that successfully execute the drill.

Tip #2 – Encourage players be creative with their faking.

Tip #3 – Teamwork is essential and everyone must by in sync.


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