Passing a Soccer Ball


Passing a soccer ball is one of the core skills a youth soccer player must have in his tool kit. And, it is second in focus only behind dribbling. Passing involves two distinct actions: kicking a ball with proper technique to ensure pace and direction are on point and receiving, or trapping, is the second aspect of passing. Trapping a ball includes controlling the ball with your first touch and immediately moving into space to take the next action in the match. To improve your soccer passing drills, activities should involve both aspects to maximize the effectiveness. The most revered coaches of the game also explain that shooting a soccer ball is nothing more than passing the ball to the back of the net. We couldn’t agree! Since passing doesn’t create the same type of anxiety in a player that shooting a ball does, players will be more comfortable with the notion they are simply passing a ball…albeit an important pass!


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