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Play the final pass

The final pass to create a goal stems from good build up play and players supporting each other right across the pitch. It is a vital core skill that players need to have to open the opposition and win games.

There’s nothing more beautiful in soccer than seeing a well executed through ball. You could make this core skill really work for your team if you run the following training sessions:

Start as I often do in my training sessions with a rondo. Creative play in and around the final third needs players to see opportunities to get the ball through to attackers behind the defence which is why a rondo is perfect for perfecting through passes. Final pass rondo highlights the accuracy and weight of pass needed.

Linked to the passes that are encouraged in the rondo, Line breaking passes puts the key pass into a game situation and helps to create a picture in young players so they see the pass during a game before they play it.

Also key to seeing the pass is the game Passing circles. it is about retaining possession and finding players in key positions – important for teams that have the lion’s share of possession in games yet find the opposition denying them space in the final third. The final pass is key to finding the player in the best position to score a goal.

Finally, one of my favourite sessions for playing the final pass is Pass to find the striker, which creates situations where the pass must be clever, accurate and easy for the receiving player to take a touch and shoot. It is a session all my players have always found to be good fun and they always want to carry on playing it when the session has finished.

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