Pinning: football tactics explained

Anthony Gordon celebrates after scoring against Manchester United
Anthony Gordon is often tasked with pinning the opposition full-back for Newcastle (Image credit: Getty Images)

When you play football at a certain level for long enough, certain situations almost leave you in a state of auto-pilot.

Immediately one of these scenarios that spring to mind is when the ball goes out for a throw-in, in your sides’ defensive half, close to corner flag. 

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Jack Lacey-Hatton
Freelance writer

Jack has worked as a sports reporter full-time since 2021. He previously worked as the Chief Women’s Football Writer at the Mirror, covering the England Women’s national team and the Women’s Super League. Jack has covered a number of major sporting events in recent years including the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup on the ground in Australia.