Guide to Short Passing in Soccer

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Short Passing
If you watch any of the top soccer teams in the game today, from Real Madrid to Barcelona to Manchester United to Bayern Munich to Liverpool, it’s all about quick short passes to keep possession of the ball and then break down the defense with a give and go or escape pressure by laying the ball off to a teammate so they can play that killer pass. The game is never stagnant – the soccer ball is always moving. Those few short passes lead to a killer pass.

Today, the best soccer teams in the world keep the ball in their possession for long periods of time, this way they can score and they other team can’t. Not easy of course but that’s the plan. How can the other team score when they don’t get much possession of the ball? Sure, there’s always a counter attack but the best teams keep the ball.

Top soccer teams like Bayern Munich or Barcelona play one and two touch soccer and dribble at defenders when there’s space behind them or a numbers advantage. The shot passing game is about playing the ball and moving into another position – it’s about always wanting the ball. Everybody on the team, from keepers to defenders to forwards has to want the ball at their feet. Wanting to make something happen.

Watch how fast Bayern Munich move the ball in this 7 versus 2 training session. Sometimes this is called piggy in the middle or rondos. If there’s one thing that is at the core of soccer it is being able to possess the soccer ball while under pressure.


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