Perfecting the Pass:

How to do it

Use the inside of the foot - that's the area from the base of the big toe to the central area of the heel, under the ankle bone
Kicking foot at right angles to the ball

Belly button facing the player receiving the pass

Non-kicking foot alongside the ball

Knee and ankle joints held firm

Body over the ball

Head steady, eyes on the ball

Use the arms to keep balanced

Hit through the ball's horizontal mid-line - that way it will keep low

Kicking foot follows through towards the target.

But getting the technique right isn't the end of the story - there are two other factors players should work on perfecting: timing and weight.

1. Timing

Get this wrong - i.e. pass too early or too late - and the momentum of a move can stall. For example, a forward pass before a striker is ready to make their run could run harmlessly out of play, while delaying a pass too long can give defenders time to block off space and the passing angle, or mean your striker strays offside.


2. The 'weight' or power of a pass

Similarly, get the weight wrong – i.e. too heavy or too light – and that can also mean the end of an attack. Too heavy and a teammate could have trouble controlling the ball, while too light and the ball might not have the pace to reach the teammate, allowing a defender to intercept it.

Remember A well 'weighted' pass will allow a Teammate to control the ball with minimum effort, giving them time and space. 


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