To master a skill like the chip pass it takes more than a pretty face, actually it doesn't even take that.
What it does take is execution of the technique involved. If you're like me you learnt this pass before you could read or write because you know how important it is to becoming a complete creative and versatile player.
Not being able to use this skill in a game is really hurting your growth as a player because of its versatility.
Playing a big ball across the field or in behind the backs or even on goal the chip is a weapon every great player carries in their holster, ya hear that cowboy?
Now if you're really looking to use this pass to its fullest potential you need to start practice doing it one time.
Say what?? You already know the game is to be played quickly and you should be playing one time passes whenever you can and the chip pass is no exception, dead ball, moving and one timed are all variations of every pass you should feel comfortable with.
Before we get to the good stuff just make sure your laces are tied, just checking.
Other than the push pass the chip pass will probably become the most used pass in your arsenal.
Now no matter which position you play you are going to need to know how to do the chip pass (yes even you goalies). The positions that will use this pass the most are any position in the defensive line and center midfielders.
Those are the primary decision makers on the pitch and the ones that are trying to make that decisive pass trying to break down the defensive lines in one way or another.
This isn't to say that the other positions should not be learning and mastering the chip pass but I would keep it as a secondary part of your game you need to work on.
If you are having issues completing these passes have a look at another player on your team who may be strong at this pass and ask them to see if they can give you a few helpful tips.
If that doesn't work next time you watch an EPL game make sure to focus on the defenders and central midfielders as they line up this pass over and over again.
Really focus on what they are doing well from a technical stand point and why they hit it so effortlessly. They may make it look easy but I can assure you they have put in countless reps to make it look that way.
Drag all those trash cans around the field onto the pitch, see where I'm going with this?
If you have the luxury of working with another person have them serve you balls from different areas at different speeds take a touch and aim beyond the garbage can then eventually inside of it.
After that you can try and do some chip passes one time from the pass, these are more difficult and will take you longer to really perfect.
Be sure to do the movements before receiving a pass that reflect the position you play. If you are a center back look to receive the ball across your body before serving balls centrally and diagonally. If you are a central midfielder rotate receiving the ball with your back to the opponents goal also side on to mimic the ways you will receive the ball in a game.
If you are away from a field and just want to work on it alone then take your ball and use the side of your house or even better a big wall at an elementary school or condo building and get some reps in there.
Remember mix it up using both feet and using a prep touch and just hitting it one time. This is how you become a pro and surpass all your teammates and opponents who are just attending training and nothing more.
Well you do have a point and I am a strong believer in being a master of your craft rather than a jack of all trades. The way I always explain it is do the the things that your position demands and do those fundamentals really well.
The other stuff that doesn't come up as often for example a striker working on defensive clearances or center back working on finishing with both feet you will pick up as you go but really specialize in the things that present themselves the most in your position.
If your team doesn't track stats get the game tape and take a tally of all the different passes and shots you take. Compile the stats over at least five games then see the different shots and passes that come up most in your position.
When you see the things that come up the most (for example a full back crossing the ball eight times a game or a defender playing diagonal balls five times a game) start to really work those into your pre training routine. Now you have the pieces of your game that need and demand the most work from you away from the actual matches.
This is one weapon that you can use over and over again and will be useful as long as you play the game. Chips over the top, out wide and even in behind the keeper make this pass so important. To make this even deadlier mastering it with both feet is the holy grail, it just gives you so many more options and confidence on the ball.
As simple as the pass may sound it takes a lot of reps to get it just where you like it. It will take countless hours on the training pitch and many in a match to really feel out how useful it can be. Lining up some balls and hitting 100 reps a day can really go a long way in making this pass your bread and butter.
It's really important train position specific so you can master all the different situations that come up in a game specific to your position such as passing skills like this one and others should it be a common occurrence in your game.
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