Different passing techniques in football
From lofting the ball to curling it, we explore some techniques your players can use when passing.
Inside of the foot
The inside of the foot is traditionally the technique players master first. This simple side-foot approach is a great way to pass the ball accurately.
It’s common to see players use this technique as they recycle the ball along the back line. But so too, when passing quickly in the final third. Just look at how England use quick, accurate side-foot passes to create this goal against Luxembourg.
Outside of the foot
This is a more advanced technique to use. It’s quicker and more deceptive than using the inside of the foot, as players don’t have to open their body up to play the pass. It requires a lot of practice to get right, though. So be patient and allow players plenty of opportunities to try it.
This passage of play shows two great examples. First, Nottingham Forest’s Sam Surridge finds himself being closed down. Instead of waiting to pass with his left foot, he quickly jabs the ball with the outside of his right foot to utilise the gap in front of him and deceive his opponents. Then, as Morgan Gibbs-White spins away from pressure, using the same technique, he bends an exquisite pass out wide to Brennan Johnson, who controls and scores.
This is all about getting some height to pass over an opponent. To do that, players need to strike underneath the ball with their instep.
This is a useful technique if the opposition plays with a high line. Time this right and the ball could sail over the defence and into space for a teammate to get in behind the opposition. Play the video to see examples of this type of pass in action.