More Sportssoccer1 on 112th man3-5-2 formation4-1-4-1 formation4-2-3-1 formation4-2-4 formation4-3-3 formation4-4-2 formation4-5-1 formationaggregate scorefifa world cupassociation footballatlanta united fcchicago firecolorado rapidscolumbus crew scdc unitedendlinefc cincinnatifc dallasfootball versus soccerfourth officialgdhistoryhouston dynamohow does scoring work in soccer?soccer or footballIs Soccer An Olympic Sport?la galaxylearnlos angeles fcminnesota united fcmls promotion and relegationmls soccer club processmontreal impactnew england revolutionnew york city fcnew york red bullsoffsidesorlando city scphiladelphia unionportland timbersreal salt lakesan jose earthquakesseattle sounders fcslide tackle1-2-7 formation1012 on 12-3-5 formation3 on 24-3-2-1 formation4-4-1-1 formation4-6-0 formation5-4-1 formationadded timeadvantage ruleafrica cup of nationsarticlesattacking halfattacking midfielderattacking thirdaway goals ruleback pass ruleback tacklebasicsboundary rulesbreakawaybundesligabylinecap tiedcaptaincdmcenter circlecenter forwardcenter spotcenterbackclean sheetclearclock rulescoin toss rulescomposurecornercorner flagcorner kickscrosscut the angledead ball rulesdefenderdefender typesdefensedefensemandefensive halfdefensive midfielderdefensive thirddefensive walldeflectiondesignated player ruledrawdribblerdribblingengland premier leagueenglish football associationequalizerequipment listextra timefcfield componentsfield dimensionsfield of playfifafinal whistleflopsfootworkformationsforwardfoulsfreekickfullbackgame clock rulesgame lengthgame typesgoal areagoal kickgoal linegoal line technologygoalkeepergolden goalhalftime ruleshat trickhead refereeholding midfielderinstep kick and passinterceptintermissionkickoffleagueslinesmanlingolinkmanman to manmiddle thirdmidfieldmidfield anchormidfield linemidfielderfranchise relocationmls teams listnear postneutral groundoffenseoffensive strategyoffensive halfofficials and refereesout of boundsoutside backpass typepassing rulespenatly arcpenalty areapenalty boxpenalty cardspenalty kickpenalty shootoutpenalty shotpenalty spotpenalty takerperiodpitchpitch invasionpitch linesplayer positionpoacherspossessionpostred cardrefereerelegationrulesscoring rulesset pieceshapeshootingshooting techniqueshootout rulesshort handedshot typessidelinesquad rotation systemstoppage timestopperstrikersubstitution rulessummarysweepertacklethe fieldthirds of the fieldthrow instimeoutstop cornertouchlinetournaments listtransfer windowturnovertwo legged tietwo way midfielderuefa champions leagueunited states national teamunsportsmanlike conductvar instant replaywingeryellow cardsporting kansas citystreet soccertop 10 rulesthree lions (football's coming home)top 10 brandstop 5 ranked mens players of all timetop womens playerstoronto fcvancouver whitecapsrules of soccerWhat Is Considered A Foul In Soccer?footballsoccer in america
  1. soccer
  2. throw ins

Soccer Throw Ins

Table of Contents


Only goalkeepers are allowed to use their hands in the field of play. However when a ball is kicked out of bounds along the touchlines, a field player can throw the ball inbounds with certain rules. In this tutorial, we will learn about one of the ways to restart play after the ball has crossed the touchline called a throw-in.

What is a throw-in in soccer?

A throw-in is the act of throwing the ball back into play after it has been kicked out of bounds along the touchline. A throw-in is taken by the team who did not kick the ball out of bounds and must be done within two yards of the spot where the ball crossed the touchline. The player throwing the ball is not allowed to have their foot on the touchline before or during the throw, and must make a two-handed throw, with the ball starting behind the player's head. Once the throw is completed, the player is allowed back in the field of play.

Soccer Throw-In

What is a throw-in in soccer?

Both feet must be touching the ground at the time that the ball leaves the players' hand. Some players are so skilled at generating power and distance on their throw-in that they can send the ball all the way into the penalty box from a parallel spot on the touchline. Even more remarkable are the players who can perform a flip throw-in!

What is the job of your teammates on a throw-in?

On a throw-in, teammates on the field will make runs to get open and receive the ball either at their feet or in space. The player taking the throw-in can wait a few moments until there is a good opportunity to connect with an open teammate.

How long can you take on a throw-in?

However, if the thrower delays for an excessive amount of time just to avoid turning over the ball, they will be warned by the center official and told to hurry up play.

Throw-In Rules

There are a few rules that dictate whether a throw-in is legal or illegal. It is the job of the referee and assistant referee to watch carefully and sanction the following violations.

Hand and Feet Placement

As mentioned above, the ball must be held with two hands and first go behind the head before release. Both feet (or part of the foot) must be touching the ground and behind the touchline. If a player violates these rules, the ball will be awarded at the same spot with a throw-in for the opposing team.

Getting Extra Yardage

To gain an advantage, some players will turn their body as if to make a throw-in and then creep up the sideline closer to their own offensive goal, claiming a few extra yards. The center official will watch for this behavior and, if it is excessive, motion to the thrower to return to the spot where the ball left the field of play.

Scoring on Throw-ins

In addition, a goal cannot be scored directly from a throw-in. The ball must touch another offensive or defensive player on the field before it is considered a live ball. If the ball goes directly into the offensive goal, a corner kick is awarded. If the ball goes directly into the player's own goal, their teammate (usually the goalkeeper) will take a goal kick.

The Thrower

The thrower cannot touch the ball first. In other words, a player cannot drop the ball in play for herself to make the first touch and take possession.


Sports Rules and RegulationsSoccer Articles