The classic push pass will become your most useful and most used pass if it isn't already.
Something so simple can be so difficult when there are different stimuli and variations involved.
Fundamentals are the foundation on which every good player sits on and mastering the this pass takes a player who is fundamentally sound.
Now pay attention, don't overcomplicate your life, read the tips below carefully and remember, a fundamental skill only becomes natural through repetition, repetition, repetition.
See which pro's play the best push pass in the world today along with things to remember and avoid about this pass you can rely on time and time again. The less it bounces the better for your teammate who is on the other side of this pass, can you hit a perfect push pass?
Got it down yet? Pretty simple right? But don't be fooled doing it in practice alone and on the pitch in game are two different things completely. Doing reps is just teaching you the technical skill, knowing when to pass is a completely different skill.
It's not only used for simple balls but also in combination for give and go's, overlaps and balls into the post to name a few. No matter which position you play on the field, from goalie to midfield to striker this pass is used constantly and there's no avoiding it.
Fundamentals are key in any sport and this pass in soccer is a core fundamental of success.
If you're looking for something a little more complex when it comes to the effect of passing on the game we all love have a read through this article which talks about the effect on soccer passing skills when warming up with two different sized balls.
Unless you're the ref you will be using this pass. Every position, and I mean every uses it game in and game out. Passing the ball with the inside of the foot to another player is easy as apple tie, I mean pie.
If you're a defender and you're reading this and think you aren't a midfielder so you don't need to work on this fundamental pass oh how wrong you are. Believe it or not defenders complete the most passes on the field than any other position.
Your ability to do the basics such as the push pass well is vital in your teams ability to keep possession, build out of the back and penetrate the opponents.
Only if you want to become a complete player! Think about it, if it is the post used pass in the game and you want to be able to use it in any all directions then of course you want to be proficient in it with both feet. Now it's not as easy as just wanting developing both feet with this pass you've got to put the work in.
Next time before, after or even during training make a conscience effort to lean heavily on your non-dominant foot when passing the ball with the push pass. Reps of it before and after training are great but the most growth will happen when you have to do it in a competitive challenging environment.
Outside of your teams training environment the best and simplest way to train with another person is to stand about 10-15 yards away from each other and practice receiving and passing the ball back and forth with the inside of both feet.
After about 10 passes each move the distance in a few yards and keep doing this until you're about 3 yards apart then start to increase it again. This will work on everything you need and is a simple solution to getting your reps up with the most used pass in the game.
If you have nobody to pass it with then the wall is your new best friend. Do the same thing as above start about 10 yards away and slowly move in until you're nice and close. Really work your touch with both feet by increasing how hard you are hitting the ball against the wall. As you get better and better slowly start to raise your eyes from looking directly at the ball to looking past it so it's just being seen in the bottom part of your eyes vision.
This is going to take time to improve on but finding a place whether it is in your own backyard, basement or local park you need to find a wall of some sort to increase you frequency of touches with the down time between training and games.
Everyone else on your team, league and your age is training a few times a week with a game, what are you doing to surpass them? Individual training like working on your passing and touch against the wall can work wonders for individual development and allow you to get to the top of your competitions ladder.
When your teammates start to see the improvements you've been making they will start to want to train more as well and probably with you, this way everyone wins.
Well that depends on which position you play. To break it down passes in a game for you have a look at the average amount of passes based on your position.
As you will see no matter the position you play you need to become very proficient with both feet to be able to keep the passing rhythm on your team, don't be the one that always turns it over.
I'm supposed to say no and I'm supposed to say it's not fundamentally correct but we have to have some fun out on the pitch right?
If it's a through ball that's leading to a goal scoring chance or another low risk type of pass sure you can throw in some flare with the no look pass.
Don't get into bad habits by doing it for 5 passes in a row in the middle of the park you will just look foolish and won't accomplish very much. Try and avoid it whenever you can because it really doesn't have any positive impact on the outcome of your pass. With that said have a look above at some of football's great no look passes over the years, enjoy.
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