SISA Coaching Points: Passing

  1. Weight or pace of pass—The pass should be played with the right amount of weight to feet or into space so that the receiver is able to either control the ball easily or play the ball comfortably with one touch
  2. Accuracy—Naturally, it is important that all passes are accurate
  3. Timing of the pass—The player in possession of the ball should not pass the ball if the intended receiver is not in a position to receive it comfortably. A poorly timed pass could result in a loss of possession.
  4. Timing of the run—The player making a run to receive a pass should ensure that the player in possession of the ball has the ball under good control and is ready to make the pass. Not only is a poorly timed run a waste of energy, but also it could result in a loss of possession
  5. Support—It is vital that the player in possession of the ball has immediate help from his teammates. The more options a player has to pass the ball, the easier it is for him to keep possession (angle and distance)
  6. Passing angle—It is the receiver of the ball in a good position to receive the ball
Inside of the Foot:
  • Foot remains square (open) to the target throughout the entire pass
  • Toe of kicking foot remains up, higher then heal
  • Ankle remains locked
  • Shoulders & center of gravity are forward
  • Support (non-kicking) foot is aimed at target & placed next to the ball 
  • Strike the ball in the middle
  • Follow through toward the target with kicking foot remaining open.
Outside of the Foot:
  • Point striking foot down & in
  • Lock ankle through out pass
  • Knee of kicking foot is over the ball
  • Support foot is behind the plane of the ball to allow movement of the kicking foot
  • Strike through center of ball
Instep (laces) Pass:
  • Approach ball from a slight angle
  • Lean forward with your shoulders & kicking knee over the ball prior to & during contact
  • Non-kicking foot is placed a long side of the ball pointed in the direction of the target
  • Strike diagonally across the ball
  • Strike ball with the inside of your laces
  • Follow through (low) with kicking foot, taking first step with kicking foot
Lofted Pass:
  • Approach from a slight angle
  • Non-kicking foot is along side but towards the back of the ball
  • Kick diagonally through underside of the ball using lower instep above the big toe
  • Lean back slightly at the moment of contact to raise the ball
  • Follow through toward the target