The two main considerations in passing are the direction and the speed of
the pass. Passing training should involve repetitious drill-type exercises.
Using numerous and varied exercises of both general and functional nature
will improve your players' passing skills. Examples include possession games,
conditioned games (e.g., one-touch, two-touch, non-dominant foot), grid work
and shadow play.
General Coaching Points
Preparation and approach to the
Position of the non-kicking foot
next to the ball, bent knee for a lower center of gravity.
Locked ankle of the striking foot.
Striking-foot ankle at a 90-degree
Use of shoe surfaces depending
on the objective: inside of the foot for shorter distances, laces for longer
Use of eyes in the process: Look
at the target, look at the ball, eyes follow the ball to the target after the
Follow-through of kicking foot
Direction of Pass
To a teammate who is standing or running to you: Play the ball to
your teammate's foot. To a teammate running laterally or away from you: Play
the ball to the space in front of your teammate.
Speed of Pass
The 'weight' of the pass is determined by many factors, all influenced by
the ever-changing flow of the game.
Things to Remember
Over time, players at older ages should develop the skill and
decision-making capabilities to effectively execute a variety of passing
techniques, including under pressure. Receiving the ball is covered in depth
under the topic of Control; at this point, receiving is considered a method of pass retrieval.
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