The back heel pass can be very creative and effective in the game of
soccer once the players have the skill down. There are several ways
players can use the heel or sole to pass the soccer ball; the player can use the heel to
play the player running through or behind him or her, the player can
roll the soccer ball back with the sole of the foot.
A good heel pass can open up
a defense or get a player free or just get the player with the soccer
ball out of trouble.
If a player is feeling very confident, a good heel pass can even be used to score a goal.
So how do we as coaches teach and encourage a skill like this to pass in a practice or a game?
Check out this video on how to use the pass.
The back heel pass is fairly simple to teach kids, but they must
have basic dribbling skills to learn this move . There are two ways a
player can use the pass as we stated earlier...
The main technique, which is a true heel pass calls for the player to...
Obviously, you can start with the right foot and and back heel with the left foot.
The sole roll is a variation of the pass.
That is a quick explanation of how to use a couple of passes. So, how do we teach the heel pass? The skill level of the
players should be fairly advanced dribbling and touch wise. If you try to teach this move to
players that cannot dribble then you are going to have issues.
Game: The easiest way to teach the pass is have two players working together.
Now the players would repeat the skill going the other way...
Variation: The players can roll the ball with the sole of the foot to the player running in behind.
L - move pass: The player can
use an L move to pass the soccer ball - the player pulls the soccer
ball back with the sole of the right foot and touches the soccer ball
behind the standing leg with the inside of the right foot.
Back heel shooting game
Grid: 18 yard box
Equipment: Cone, pennies
Two cones placed at the edge of the D and one outside the box to form a triangle.
Attacking player A dribbles the ball across from one cone to the next.
As the player nears the 2nd cone he or she heels to attacking
player B running in from the 18 yard box who then shoots.
Great game for some skill and creativity and lots of shooting.
Variation: Can go 1v1 with the goalkeeper
Game: The coach can set up a 3v3, 4v4 or 5v5 game depending on the
age and numbers of players.
The players get a point every time they use a back heel or sole roll pass to connect with a player on their team. If they score a goal with a heel pass they get 2 point or a the coaches choice.