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Passing to Retain Possession

A soccer game moves at breakneck speeds with players making blistering runs and hard-hitting challenges. Being able to retain possession of the ball and pass under pressure is crucial as the game becomes physical. Playing under tight pressure is one of the most challenging elements of the game. So, perfecting retaining possession will take a lot of practice, analysis of your play, and experience.

Decision Making

A good player is aware of the current situation of the field. It is essential to always look to your sides constantly to assess where the opponent defender is, the space that you have to maneuver, escape options, and if you are positioned well, perhaps pass the ball forward.

Identify the Pass Target

Identifying and targeting the player to whom the ball is to be passed will allow for more accurate positioning and delivery. The force and the direction can also be calculated with some precision to ensure the ball heads towards its chosen target.

Practice Proper Technique

Passing a soccer ball is a fundamental skill for any footballer to have. Above all, executing the proper technique improves the pass precision. Additionally, players must gauge where the ball should land and then adjust the weight of the pass accordingly. Yet, emphasis on using the correct technique is crucial to completing more passes. Therefore, we must analyze the player’s actions before and after they pass the ball.

Proper Timing

Making sure the player is open, ready to receive the ball, and that the passing lane is clear are also ways to ensure smart play when passing the ball to keep possession. Being alert to opportunities while still in possession of the ball requires some concerted practice and effort.

Weight of the Pass

Direction, technique, and timing are not enough. The pass must be the correct weight (or power). Playing a ball must be the correct power to allow the target player to control it most comfortably. Playing a weak ball, if untimed correctly, can lead to a ‘hospital-ball‘ situation. However, it is necessary on occasion to make your target move towards the ball. Playing a stronger ball will be able to send the target to receive a through ball. Through balls must be done at a different angle to allow the target to run onto the ball, or else it would just be a difficult ball to trap.

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