Soccer is a game that requires speed, as well as the best possible footwork. The players need to perform and complete perfect passes, which depends on many factors, like their position on the field, if the play is a defensive or an offensive move, if the team wants to retain the ball and slow down the game, among others. Every soccer player should be able to make the passes a given situation demands from them.
It is also known as the direct pass, and it is the most common one between teammates. The perfect technique for this pass is to put the non-kicking foot next to the ball, and with it, point to the direction in which the ball must go, then the player must make full contact with the ball using the inside of his kicking foot, or touch the ball with the heel down and the toes pointing up.
It is used to move the ball across the field. When it is intercepted by a teammate that is open and without defenders around, the team can start an attack. The best way to do it is to bend the ankle and hitting the ball with the bridge of the foot (where the cleat’s laces are), following the direction of the teammate with the kicking leg.
When the forward is trapped by the defenders and cannot make a pass, or when they are pressuring the offensive to steal the ball, this pass is used as a way to keep the control of the ball. It requires excellent teamwork skills because the player that controls the ball must know the other players’ exact position to complete the pass. The technique is easy, the player passes the ball with the sole or the heel of his foot, backward to the closest teammate.
Also known as the tunnel pass because its mission is to cut through the defenders’ line and create a good goal opportunity. The team must be very coordinated to make a perfect pass while tricking the defenders. The timing also has to be right since the receiving player cannot be offside, he or she must be close to the goal.
The wing player will run alongside the field and pass the ball to the inside player, he or she will act as the wall and will return the ball to the wing player, that way the defenders will be disoriented. However, a fast defense can make it hard to complete the pass.
This one has the same mission as the piercing pass, but instead of kicking the ball, the player will pass it over the defenders’ heads. The timing must be very precise here because the teammate that will receive the ball must be in the right position to do so. The technique is simple, the non-kicking foot should be next to the ball, locking the position to check for teammates and with the instep of it, the player kicks the ball to elevate it off the field.
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