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Passing: Inside of the foot


Why do we pass the soccer ball? Yes, it is to get it from point A to point B but the main purpose behind it is to not only move the ball, but in so doing so, its number one objective is to move the other team. The more our team passes the ball the more the opposition have to move and adjust to deal with the new situation created. The more the opposition must adjust the more opportunities may appear to play a penetrating pass that can break a line or create a scoring opportunity. Today we are going to break down the inside of the foot pass.

Inside of the Foot Pass (Push Pass)

In today’s coaching corner we are going to focus on the most commonly used pass in soccer, the inside of the foot pass (also known as the push pass). The inside of the foot pass is used over shorter distances. It gives the passer the most accuracy due to having a large surface area making contact with the ball. The pass can be used when playing directly to feet or into space for a teammate to run onto. It can also be used to score goals when shooting from closer distances.

Technical Characteristics of the Inside of the foot pass (push pass)
  • Standing foot must be planted next to ball with the toe pointed to the target.
  • Head over the ball, weight forward (do not lean back)
  • Pull passing foot back, present the inside of the foot to the ball. Keep the heel down and toe up to help lock the ankle and strike through the centre of the ball.
  • Gentle follow through with the inside of the foot still pointing to the target. This give the look of you having pushed the ball towards the target, thus the name “push pass”

Tactical Characteristics of the Inside of the foot pass (push pass)
  • Accuracy: Get the ball to the area you have targeted. This can be directly to your teammate or into space for them to run onto.
  • Weight: The ball must arrive at the targeted area with the correct amount of speed on it. If it is too slow it could be cut out by the opposition. If it is hit too hard it could be difficult for your teammate to get the ball under control or if played into space may run too far and end up out of play or be intercepted by  an opposition player.
  • Timing: Understanding when to play the pass is key to its success. If an opposition player is blocking the pass or in a position where they could intercept the pass then this is not a good time to play the ball. Good movement from the players on and off the ball can help create better angles for successful passes to occur.

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