What a great soccer skill this is. One that is under appreciated. Passing to yourself is sometimes a way to escape from pressure. Here, soccer coach Michelle French of Eastside FC demonstrates how to receive the ball and create a little working room for yourself. In this drill, she gives herself room by executing a small ‘self-pass’ upon receiving the ball.
The self pass is a way to give yourself space if a defender is closing you down. If a pass comes into you and you feel a defender closing you down, control the ball a little bit further out in front of than you normally would so you can turn and face the defender.
The key is taking the bigger touch that’s bigger than a normal control, cushion or trap. And then after doing the self pass you can do a step over turn or a pull back, that opens you up to face the defender and the whole field. This is really a simple but great move that all players should incorporate into their game.
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