What is passing in football?
We explore what passing is, why it matters and how to help your team develop this essential skill.
Passing. It’s an art. And with more demand on teams to beat presses and play out from the back, it’s also an integral part of the beautiful game.
Ultimately, mastering passing allows players to connect and combine with each other successfully. This helps them control the ball and unlock stubborn defences with fast-flowing moves and combinations.
Whether it’s a swift one-two to get around an opponent or a mesmerising diagonal ball to switch play to the opposite flank, passing requires players to:
- scan the pitch to see their options
- connect with the teammate they’re passing to
- play the ball with accuracy
- apply the correct weight to the pass
- make a pass at the right time.
Getting this right takes time – and your players need lots of opportunities to practice.