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want to learn how to play a pass to feet? Work on your short passes with our technical skills video.
In football, we talk about a short pass when we pass the ball at ground level. This makes it easier for the team-mate you're passing to, to control the ball, even if one of you has a tendency to lack precision.
To make quality short passes that don't give your opponent the chance to intercept the ball, you must take into account three technical points: The position of your support foot and shoulders, the contact between your foot and the ball, and how you bend your legs.
Let' start with the position of your support foot and shoulders. Your support foot is the one that you don't use to kick the ball for your pass. If you want to make a successful short pass with your right foot, you need to place your left foot level with the ball, about 20 cm to the left. If you strike with your left foot, switch things around and place your right foot to the right of the ball. In any case, your support foot and shoulders need to be facing the direction of your target.
Next, let's move on to the contact between your foot and the ball. You make a short pass with the inside of your foot, in other words, the inner part of your foot. To succeed in making a pass with the inside of your foot - which is the safe way to make a pass - turn your foot outwards and make contact with the centre of the ball.
Lastly, bend your legs. Rather than looking like a goalpost, bend your support leg from back to front and bend the striking leg to the side. This will make your movement more stable and fluid.
A good exercise to practise easily involves positioning yourself opposite a wall, 3 metres away. Make short passes towards the wall. If you pass the ball well, it will bounce back in your direction, at ground level. Practise until you succeed regularly and the wall stops making fun of you when you get it wrong!
To sum up, if the wall keeps making bad passes: direct your support foot and shoulders towards your target, strike the ball with the inside of your foot and bend your legs when you make the pass.