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Master passing in 3 steps

Increase passing efficiency in three simple stages to allow players to unleash their potential on the pitch. Use these tried and tested techniques and activities.

I marvel when the best players flick a pass out of contact or in close quarters to release others through gaps to score. It seems a mile away from what your players can achieve.

But you can improve your team’s passing very quickly by focusing their efforts on the right sort of body movements. With these in mind every time they are practising, players can adjust and remember for next time. The more they do this, the more they can pass accurately under pressure.

The three-step guide

1. A great grip

The best players hold the ball with the fingers and thumbs. They can transfer the ball quickly from one to two to one hand. They can manipulate the ball around their body as they are running and stepping. That means they can pass in almost any direction.

2. Use the body

A very short pass only needs the wrists, a longer pass might use elbows and twist of the shoulders, while a very long pass needs to engage the hips and use footwork.

3. Follow through

The hands finish towards the target or on the line of the target. The best way to check is to see where the middle finger is pointing at the end of the pass.

Now you have a template to work to, concentrate on what really matters. Starting with grip, work on catching the ball first but ask the players to work on adjusting the ball in their hands so they can make the best possible pass.

Then, put the players in situations where they have to make different passes, asking them to use the right amount of body movement to complete the pass. Finally, put them in pressure situations where accuracy is key and the hands have to be right – see the passing at pace activity below…

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