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Directional Throw Catch

By Sean Reed – 


This session is a directional throw catch game. Similar to throw catch possession, but is working towards a goal and within a shape.

Session 1

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Diagram 1

Set Up

  • A session which can be used with a different number of players
  • Two teams split with 2x GK
  • Pitch size is dependent on the number of players
  • Throw catch working towards goal
  • A player is not allowed to run with the ball. Is only allowed to make a step on receiving a pass
  • The ball is turned over if it hits the ground, the ball is out of play or the opposition intercept
  • To score a player must head the ball into the goal, from a throw


  • Score with a volley
  • Allow the ball to bounce before final contact on goal

Coaching Points

  • Tempo of passing
  • Movement to receive the ball, angles of support
  • Tempo of movement
  • Awareness of movement and forward runs
  • Awareness of the next pass before the ball is received
  • Tracking runners
  • End product in front of goal

Session 2

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Diagram 2

Set Up

  • As within the previous session
  • The passing sequence is player (1) throws to player (2) who heads to the next player, who catches then throws.
  • A goal can be scored with either a head or a volley
  • The ball can bounce before a header or volley to score


  • Throw volley, catch (as with the throw head, catch)

Coaching Points

  • • As within previous session
    • Movement to support the header/volley
    • Movement to come short or go long
    • Direction and power when the header is played
    • Communication

Session 3

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Diagram 3

Set Up

  • Set up as with the previous session (session 3)
  • Start with throw catch, then move to head and volley throw catch. This time the pass cannot be played over-head height, but the ball can bounce once. It will encourage players to move and recognize a good supporting angle


  • Head catch. Player catches and serves to themselves to head the ball to make a pass
  • Volley catch. Player catches and serves to themselves to volley the ball to make a pass
  • As above but before the ball is caught, the player must take 1 touch to control the ball (i.e. chest, thigh then catch)

Coaching Points

  • As within previous sessions
  • Quality with the header and volley – type and weight of pass
  • Movement and angles to support the ball

By Sean Reed

Former First Team Coach of Championship side Fulham FC. Sean is a UEFA A Coach with a Masters in Sport Coaching. He has over 15 years of experience working in professional football from Academy through to First team in the Premiership and Championship.

Linkedin – www.developmentofplayers.com
Twitter – @SeanJReed