By Jeff Tipping, UEFA A License, USSF A License, Former NSCAA Director of Coaching Education
Coaches must teach players to pass the ball to a specific foot – not just blindly pass the ball to anywhere.
It is important that when players make decisions about passing the ball to a team mate – they take into consideration the positioning of the opposition. A player who has no pressure from a defender should have the ball played to the front foot thus enabling the player to move forward with the ball speedily.
On the other hand, sloppily passing the ball to the front foot of a player who is marked by an opponent is an invitation to have the ball intercepted. In scenario 2 the defensive player is close to the receiving player so the passer plays the ball to the team mates back foot, away from the defender.
Sophisticated coaches will make sure players make these provisions when passing to a team mate.