Heel flick pass

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The heel flick pass is for sure a fancier way of passing, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it. However, you should only use it when you’ve become more comfortable with the technique and use it in areas where it’s safe to do so. You can actually use this passing method to set up a teammate. Ultimately, you should consider if using it will benefit your team and when to use it in a match. You could use it like we have showed, on the edge of the box, laying off for a teammate or if you have an overlapping teammate. Let’s take you through the steps:

Step 1

Position your standing foot or flick away foot at an angle just behind the ball. This will dictate where the ball will go as you’re kicking the ball back into that area of your foot.        

  • Bring your back heel foot in front, slightly to the outside of the ball and back heel the ball towards your flicking away foot.
  • Make contact in the middle of the ball with your heel going across the front of the ball.
  • Whilst the ball is travelling to your flicking foot, get ready to quickly push your foot towards the ball in the direction you want the ball to go and flick away behind the leg that’s back heeled.

Step 1

The foot that back heels should naturally come across in front of the foot flicking away, this will help you avoid hitting that flicking foot of yours. It can also end up staying central.

  • Start by doing it slow to get used to the technique, then upping the speed.
  • Use targets if you don’t have anybody to pass to.
  • Practice in training
  • Try with both feet.