TO TEACH INSIDE-OF-FOOT PASSING & RECEIVING
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Over 75% of all passes & receptions are made
using the inside-of-the-foot. These are the 2 most important techniques you
can teach; nothing is more fundamental. Yet, over 50% of youth players use
incorrect technique when passing with the inside-of-the-foot. The result is
passes that are inaccurate or don't stay on the ground.
Teaching The Inside-of-
Foot "Push" Pass:
- Have the player
face the target & "square up" so he, ball & the target are in a straight
- Place the "plant"
foot about 4" from the side of the ball, pointing toward the target. (The
direction the plant foot points is important because that is the
direction the hips will face; try it). The plant foot can be toward the
middle or back of the ball, whichever the player prefers.
- Head over ball,
looking down; both knees slightly bent.
- Teach the proper
motion by first having the player place his striking foot flat against
the back of the ball (about 5" above the ground) and pushing the ball
toward the target and following through toward the target. (A push &
follow-through; not a jab. Think of a tennis serve. However, jabbing a
1-touch pass is okay).
- Be sure he contacts
the ball with his toes pulled up (i.e., with the foot parallel to the
ground) & the ankle locked. Make contact with the arch, below the
anklebone & follow through toward the target so the ball has top spin.
Then, have him do the
same, except start one step back from the ball, so the player, the ball &
the target are in a straight line. This step provides power to the pass.
If the pass goes into the air it means it was struck too low.
Receiving A Pass Using
- Receive the ball
even with the toes of the plant foot (or a little in front).
- Stiffen or relax
the receiving foot so the ball stops about one step away (so you can
quickly take one step & strike it; it is this step that gives power to
- Be sure the
receiving foot is 4" - 5" off the ground (if too low the ball will pop
up) & contact the ball on the back part of foot (under the anklebone),
not near the toes. Pull the toes up so the foot is parallel with the
ground (not pointing downward). (If a player can't remember to raise his
foot, have him practice by raising his foot higher than the ball & then
bringing the foot down in front of the ball to stop it. This will help
him to remember).
If you want the ball to
go to the left or right (instead of straight in front) you must angle
your foot & contact the ball more in front or behind, depending on
whether you want it to go left or right.