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How To Pass A Soccer Ball

Published date: January 25, 2022

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Passing the soccer ball is the most important skill that one needs to possess in order to play soccer. There are various types of passes that you can master quickly. If you have just stepped into the soccer world, start by learning the push pass followed by more challenging passes such as chipped, lofted, and one-two passes.

If you have a couple of years’ experience, you can still keep learning new things or work on your already developed skills. Here we’ll be teaching you some very effective ways on how to pass a soccer ball well, along with the types of soccer passes.

1. Move Towards the Ball

You should approach the ball with a strategy that aligns with the kind of pass you are trying to execute. For a distant and powerful pass, you’ll require a longer approach, while an immediate and short pass doesn’t demand that much approach.

2. Position Your Inactive Foot

You’ll be required to position your inactive foot on the ground near the ball. By positioning your foot on the same horizontal plane where your ball is placed, you can make the most accurate pass ever. This adds stability to your pass while you are moving your kicking leg through the ball.

However, you will not be able to position yourself in every situation since some of them will make it impossible for you. In that case, your practice will rescue you and help you adapt to a given situation.

3. Execute The Pass-Through the Ball

Position your kicking leg and move it steadily through the ball while you execute your pass. The amount of accuracy that your kick holds will vary depending on a few factors, including where you kick the ball from and which part of your foot you use to make the pass.

If you make a distant and powerful pass, it will be relatively less accurate. A shorter pass made from the inside of your foot is often more accurate and effective.

Furthermore, avoid opening up your body as it will lead your pass up into the air and the ball will end up passing over the target. Another important factor is the direction in which your hips are pointed since the ball goes in the direction your hips lead it, so keep them pointed at the target.

4. Carry On Swinging Your Kicking Leg

Carry on with your kicking leg and don’t stop suddenly because it will affect your pass as well as your kicking leg. Carrying on your pass smoothly will help it stay focused on the target and prevent you from adding any spin on the ball.

Types of Soccer Passes

There are many different types of passes in soccer. Here are the passes you should learn to master with your team.

Direct Pass

This is one of the easiest passes in soccer and is commonly known as a push pass because that’s exactly what you have to do- push the ball with your foot to your teammate.

A push pass should be kicked low to the ground and your teammate should find it easy to avoid adding spin to your shot. The ball should be kicked hard enough to reach them but not make it hard for them to deal with.

For a push pass, you should use the inside of your foot. Most of the passes in soccer are usually direct passes.

Long Pass

A long pass is executed almost the same way as the direct pass; however, the ball is thrown farther to a greater distance. You’ll need to kick the ball with more pressure using various parts of your foot for maximum accuracy.

Through Pass

When you kick the soccer ball through the defense, that’s when you have made a through pass to your teammate. It is also known as a tunnel pass or piercing pass. In this type of soccer pass, the teammate runs freely on the ground. You are kicking the ball in the direction where you believe the teammate will be once the ball is kicked, not where he initially is when the ball is being kicked.

Such a pass is hard to follow since it demands a high level of power and accuracy from the one passing the ball while the receiver is supposed to show speed and control on the field.

Backward Pass

In a backward pass, you have to keep the ball away from the goal that will make you score. This often happens when the opponent team has left you with no opportunities to score and you are just trying to defend your team. Or it can also be done to turn the dynamics of the game upside down by opening up the advancing opportunities.

This soccer pass is also executed similar to a push pass but it requires more pressure and power while you are kicking the ball. In addition to this, the backward pass also has some element of risk in it. For instance, you are leading the ball in the direction of the goal you are trying to score on, but one tiny mistake can make your opponent team have the goal.

Give and Go Pass

Often referred to as the wall pass or one-two pass, this is one of the most difficult soccer passes that only experienced players can execute well. It demands a high level of coordination from both sides and has great potential to open up a defense instantly.

You initiate the passing of the ball with a direct pass. Once the ball is kicked, you immediately run on to receive the ball. So the term has a literal meaning of what you do- give the ball to your teammate and go to receive it from them.


Practice is what makes perfect, so keep practicing different ways to pass the soccer ball in order to excel. And what’s even more important is learning to pass in the right way so that you can ace every single game.

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