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Passing is one of the most important skills in soccer. It is a team skill as
well as an individual skill. Before you can make a good pass, you need to know
where you want the ball to go, and why. You also need to learn where to go to
receive a pass.
Receiving a Pass:
When another member of your team has the ball, it's important to move to a
position where he can pass it to you. You don't want to be behind a player from
the other team, or it will be intercepted. You also don't want to be too close
to the person with the ball, because the pass will really not help much. It
will be easy for one player from the other team to guard both of you. Try to
stay open, and not behind your own teammate. Stay even with them, so the pass
can be made slightly ahead of you.
Inside The Foot Pass:
The easiest and most accurate pass is the "inside the foot" pass. Put the foot
you aren't kicking with by the side of the ball. Kick the ball with the large
flat part of the inside of your other foot. Be sure to raise it off the ground
a little, so you are kicking the side of the ball, not the bottom, and don't
forget to follow through with your foot straight ahead until your foot will not
go any higher.
To practice this kick, put a target on the wall and practice hitting it from
about five feet away, and when that becomes too easy, try moving back to ten
feet, and then fifteen feet. Practice this drill with both a still ball and a
moving ball. Have a friend roll the ball to you from a different angle and try
to hit the target. Have someone roll the ball from behind you so you have to
chase the ball and then hit it to the target. Try dribbling and passing the
ball into the target. Have someone throw the ball into the air, trap it and
then pass it to the target. Also, practice dribbling with another player and
passing it to the target.
Passing With The Outside:
Place the foot you are not kicking with by the side of the ball, with the
inside part facing the direction in which you wish to kick. Kick the ball with
the outside edge of your other foot, right below your little toe. Be sure your
foot is pointing slightly down, with your ankle stiff. Raise your foot off the
ground so it is even with the center of the ball. Swing with the lower part of
your leg, the part below your knee.
Both of these passes are
passes for accuracy, not power, so don't worry if you can't kick the ball very