Scoring goals is fun. Assisting them is equally enjoyable. OK maybe scoring them is more fun, but setting them up is an art just the same! Here are 5 types of passes that lead to goals.
1: Through balls
-ball skills and vision of the space between defenders for a teammate to run on to goal
-technical ability to hit the pass with the right speed, at the right angle to your teammate to run on to finish
PRACTICE – dribbling on the move and playing ball through space (2 cones) to hit target
2: Early Crosses
-tactical ability and vision to see an unbalanced back line to spin the ball to the space between the keeper and defenders for a teammate to run on to finish
-technical ability to hit the pass with the right speed, spin, and angle
PRACTICE – bending ball with inside/outside of foot with pace
WHAT A MOMENT IN TIME!
3: Driven Crosses
-technical ability to strike the ball with pace on line drive to teammate
-tactical awareness to strike the ball into the space for teammate to finish
PRACTICE – go outside, take corner kicks, aim for anyone’s head on a line drive. Best target is a sibling that you’re motivated to hit on a line drive.
4: Cut back
-technical ability to cut the ball back against the grain, swing hip, foot, and leg around the ball to cut
-vision to see the space for teammate to run on to finish behind you
PRACTICE – dribbling forward to end line and swing back across to cut it back to a target
5: The extra pass
-clear goal scoring chance, only to lay the ball in to the space for teammate to just….tap it in. My favorite goal scoring pass 🙂 It’s the kind of goal that infuriates the opponent to let them know not only did we get you, we REALLY got you.
PRACTICE – Playing 2 v 1. With clear scoring chance, can you find the extra pass for an easy goal?
Can you think of any other kinds of passes that lead to the glory of goal scoring?