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(aka “Pop It”). As soccer players get older & better, it becomes very difficult for an attacker to dribble past a defender & passing becomes very important. By U-12, your attack won’t work very well unless your soccer team can “pass”, “pass to space” & “pass to yourself”. One way to beat a defender is to “pass the ball to yourself” by passing the soccer ball to open space behind the defender & then beating him to it. The passer has the advantages of knowing where he is passing it & of forward momentum, while the defender must turn around and gain momentum. This is one way to get through the last line of defenders if they have “pushed up” & in that case is like passing a “through ball” to yourself. This works best if the attacker is faster than the defender. I tell attackers to “pop the ball” past the defender & ideally to chip it or kick an “airball” if they can, since an airball is hardest for a defender to block with his foot. Since they can run faster without dribbling than they can if they are dribbling, I tell them to pop it as far as they can while still beating the defender to it. For example, if they are on the right or left side, they can pop it farther than if they are in the center, because if they kick it too far down the center the goalkeeper will get it. If the defender is faster than the attacker, the attacker won’t be able to pop it very far or the defender will beat him to the soccer ball. Second Attackers and Third Attackers must move up with the soccer ball to support the First Attacker. If a defender gets the soccer ball, the attackers must pressure the defender to try to win back the soccer ball. If they can cause a turnover, they may have a scoring opportunity. (See “Through Ball“, “Hopped Pass“, “Creating Space“, “Verbal Signals“, “First Attacker” & “Pass“). How to teach “Passing to Space” and “Aggressive Receiving” are explained in SoccerHelp Premium.
A pass is a kick, or a ball played with the head, chest or thigh, that is intended to be received by a soccer teammate. Like in basketball, passing is preferable to dribbling because the soccer ball can be moved more quickly & can better be kept away from the other soccer team. By U-12, it is critical for a soccer team to be able to attack by passing. (See “Pass To Feet“, “Push Pass“, “Hopped Pass“, “Toe-Kick“, “Flick Pass“, “Pass To Space“, and “When To Dribble“). I strongly recommend you teach “Passing to Space” and “Aggressive Receiving” — Passing to Space is easier for beginning soccer players and will result in much better soccer ball movement, better soccer ball possession, use of Open Space and “field vision”. Aggressive Receiving is a better way to teach receiving and will result in a big improvement in your soccer players and their ability to retain the soccer ball.
A pass or shot that is made by striking the lower part of the soccer ball with the inside or outside of the foot near the laces, or with the top of the foot, so the soccer ball rises into the air (i.e., so it is “lofted”). It is a “drive” because there is a full follow-thru. A good analogy is a drive in golf; here you are going for distance. This is different from a “chip” which is struck with a downward, jabbing motion & little follow-through. A drive is more powerful than a chip & at older ages is more likely to score from long distance. In youth soccer leagues, however, where there is a short goalkeeper in a tall goal, a chip can be very effective. (See “Drive“, “Chip“, “Hopped Pass” & “Air Ball“).
A short “chip” or “flick pass” that is kicked into the air high enough to go over outstretched legs. This can be effective near the goal or when “passing to yourself” to beat a defender. (See “Pass To Yourself“, “Flick Pass“, “Chip” & “Air Ball“).
Similar to golf, a chip pass or chip shot is made by a jabbing motion down & under the ball so the soccer ball goes up into the air. Chipped balls have backspin. The soccer ball can be approached straight on or from the side & can be struck with the top of the laces or the side of the laces, but in all cases the ball is struck low using a downward jabbing motion with little follow-through. The more downward the strike, the more rapidly the ball rises & the more backspin. A chip shot will only work if the goalkeeper is out of the soccer goal or if the goal is too tall for the goalkeeper to cover. But it can be very effective in youth leagues against a short goalkeeper in a tall goal. Not all “airballs” are chips. A soccer ball struck low with a normal backswing and a normal follow-through will also rise into the air. This ball, called a “lofted drive”, will not rise as quickly as a chip and has little or no backspin, but it will travel farther & with more pace. When coaching a Rec team, I often used the word “chip” in a generic way when I wanted a player to send a soccer pass “over the top” of the opponents or to “clear” the ball, because it was easier than saying “kick a lofted ball with backspin”. See “Chips Game” and “Chip Pass or Shot” in “Techniques & Fancy Footwork”, which is part of the Premium site. (See “Lofted Drive” and “Hopped Pass“).
(aka Lifted Ball or Lofted Ball). A soccer ball that is in the air. A “chip” soccer pass is an air ball. A soccer pass should stay on the ground unless the passer intends it to be an “air ball”. (See “Chip“, “Lofted Drive” & “Hopped Pass“).