You Completed the Pass! Now What?

Posted by John on Nov 12, 2019

What do you do after you complete your pass? 

Get open!

As shown below, you should immediately move to an open position after completing a pass.

 get open to take a pass

Pull return.  One tactic for getting open to receive a pass is called the Pull Return.  By running away from the ball your opponent will often give chase.  This will allow you to “pull” a player away from the ball.  A sudden turn about and “return” will put you into an open position to receive a pass.

pull return

Pull Right/Left. Another tactic for getting open to receive a pass is called the Pull Right or the Pull Left.  Again by running away from the ball your opponent will often give chase.  This will allow you to “pull” a player away from the ball.  A sudden turn about and “return” will put you into an open position to receive a pass.

pull right or pull left


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Dribble, Trap, Pass or Shoot?

Posted by John on Nov 1, 2019

A player needs to constantly think about what to do.  You should be thinking “do I dribble, trap, pass or shoot?”

When passing, a player needs to choose between forward left, forward right, straight forward or back.

which way to pass.

When do you dribble? You should avoid dribbling in front of your own goal.  In front of your own goal you should only be thinking “clear, clear, clear!” You should consider dribbling down the sideline in the mid section of the field. You should definitely dribble in front of their goal.

The decision to dribble will depend on whether you are being challenged for the ball or not.

when to dribble

When do you pass?

You should avoid passing in front of your own goal. Around or near your goal you should not make any risky passes. If you find the ball in front of your goal you should give it a good, hard, clearing kick and send it towards the side of the field and up field our of the “Clearing Zone” and into the midfield and shooting zones.

When you are in the center zone on the sideline you should make low risk passes to move the ball up the field.

When you are in front of or near the other teams goal you should shoot or pass the ball in front of their goal.

pass no pass zones


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