What do soccer players do the most of on the pitch? Shoot? Dribble? No, as you probably guessed the answer is passing. Passing the ball is the most used skill while playing soccer. Great players all know how to pass the ball well.
You might be surprised as to how much there is to know about passing. Players learn how to pass at an early age, and then usually think little of it. However, there are many important, advanced skills related to passing that all great players need to master.
So sit down and read up. Passing well will have the largest effect on your game compared to any other soccer skill.
How to Kick a Soccer Ball
Read the guide below to understand the basic mechanics of kicking a soccer ball – whether it be passing of shooting.
Types of Soccer Passes
The standard pass should be performed using the inside of your foot.
Your placefoot and body should point at your target. You also should follow through towards your target.
This pass usually used in shorter distances when the area the ball travels through is clear of defenders. It’s the most common type of pass, so master it.
This pass is usually aimed straight at teammates and is used for longer passes and when there are defenders in the way of the pass. You can also use this pass to cross the ball.
You can use the inside of the foot or the laces. This pass should be firm, but not as strong as a shot.
Kick under the ball and follow through in an upward kicking motion. This will send the ball flying through the air.
This pass is often used to lead a teammate. It’s used to chip the ball over an opponent and into space.
This pass should be soft and have backspin.
To perform this pass, kick the grass under the ball and follow through slightly. This will produce a light, high pass with backspin.
Soccer Passing Tips
These passing tips will make you a better passer:
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Soccer Passing Drills
These drills will develop muscle memory and improve your passing ability.