Got a Back Heel Pass in your arsenal do you? Look at you all fancy. Learning to play the ball using the back of your foot or heel can cause plenty of difficulty especially for those less skilled players. Oh and your coach might rip your head off if you keep giving the ball away. This pass is very different from your more basic and orthodox passes and can also be very effective if used just right.
So to break it down this pass is used with the back of your foot or heel and moves the ball in any way desired. This pass can be troublesome for some defenders because of its element of surprise. Use it every once and a while and only when the time is right, or you'll be losing more than just the ball, you might be seeing the pitch a lot less.
Things to Remember about the Back-Heel-Pass:
-Keep your foot flexed or you could risk miss hitting the ball
-Aim for the center of the ball to ensure accuracy
-Use it only for lay off or short passes, anything too long won't be effective and will be easily intercepted
-Execute the pass quickly, the slower you do it the more likely the pass is to be read and stolen
-Execute it and send it all on the ground, trying to do either in the air will only cause problems
-Use it no more than once maybe twice in a game or the element of surprise will be gone
Like all great players you need variety in your game. Lets be honest, you won't use this pass very often and some might argue you never need to use it when there are so many better, safer options available. But it can be useful if there is no other option available and the play just develops a certain way that a back heel pass seems suitable.
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