It’s always nice to see an unorthodox kick-off routine in football.
We’re so used to seeing teams pass the ball back to a teammate that anything a little different is very exciting.
Of course, playing the ball back to a teammate is the safest course of action. It guarantees that you retain possession and it forces the opposition to enter your half of the pitch, thus creating space further up the field.
But every now and again teams will try something out of the ordinary.
One of the most famous examples occurred back in September 2013, when RB Leipzig took kick-off with a 2-0-8 formation against VfB Stuttgart II.
Eight of their outfield players were lined up on the halfway line, the ball was played back to one of the defenders who then launched it into the box where the rest of his teammates had all ran into. They ended up scoring. (You can watch that brilliant kick-off HERE).
And just last week, at the start of the Europa League final, we saw Marseille kick the ball into touch like a rugby team might. Clearly, the idea was to get themselves up the pitch as high as possible against Atletico Madrid.
Scottish U14 team's bizarre kick-off pays off
Days later, in the Scottish Cup Youth Final, Spartan Under-14s also took a very unusual kick-off against Greenock’s St Andrews B.C. at Airdrie’s Excelsior Stadium.
But this one worked to absolute perfection.
Spartan’s Louis MacLachlan looked face on as if he was going to shoot direct from kick-off. He then looked towards the referee, who blew his whistle for the start of the match.
He did shoot and the opposition goalkeeper - despite the way MacLachlan was standing - was totally caught out. He clearly didn't think that a fellow 13-year-old could kick the ball that hard and far.
The commentator's reaction was priceless
This has to be one of the fastest goals in football history.
The footage is even better because the commentator saw what was coming.
“They’re not going to shoot directly from kick-off, are they?” he said.
“He absolutely is going to shoot directly from kick-off and it’s going to go in!
“That is incredible! It’s the most majestic thing you might ever see!”
Spartans went on to win the game 4-0 and lifted the Scottish Youth Cup for their age group.
It just shows that sometimes it’s worth trying something out of the ordinary. There’s always a chance it will pay off.
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