How to become the Best Passer 6


Watched a Toronto U-11 boys game last night and couldn’t help notice how rarely the kids passed the ball – especially the midfielders, sadly. The boys who can dribble so often use their skills to get themselves into trouble, and then only give a pass (usually a poor one) when they’re desperate.

Quite a contrast from watching the wonders of Xavi last month as he led Spain to the World Cup with upwards of 90 completed passes per game. The highlight video here shows him dismantling Arsenal for Barca earlier this year. You don’t see him dribbling much (not that he couldn’t if he wanted!) – but you do see those perfectly timed, beautifully weighted passes that cut the defence to shreds.

We’re also placing this reel in the “Tutorials” section of this site – since there’s nothing better for those U-11 boys to watch to help them with this passing stuff…


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6 thoughts on “How to become the Best Passer

  • Saddamentology

    I don’t get why people don’t think passing is cool–it adds a whole new element to the game once you get into it! As a basketballer, I have always loved passing…I remember my ‘greatest passes’ much more than ‘my best threes’ or anything like that. I remember one time I had really messed up my ankle and was playing on one leg, essentially…hobbled my way into the middle of the lane, and when an incredulous big man realized he would have to come help on me, I put a bounce pass right between his legs to our center for a layup. I was so proud of that pass, I can still picture it vividly. A great pass is a better feeling than a great goal, IMO.

  • John Vid

    Love your bball vignette Saddam. You really capture the sweetness and joy of a ball well passed. Cherish that memory – it’s what life is all about.

    Abbot – I find your reflections on your U11 soccer team quite useful personally. My son plays for a well-run academy soccer team and passing is a big part of their philosophy. I sometimes wish they’d spend a little more time on individual technique (like how to use various parts of the foot) or on 1v1 stuff (maybe even the kind that you don’t seem to like about your team). However, when my son was recently on trial in England with Sunderland AFC of the English Premier League, (here’s one video from his time there: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ss3CVWyRZM) they told him that one of the things they liked about him was his vision and passing. From what I understand, that’s the big thing now in recruiting future soccer stars: vision, decision-making (plus discipline and character). I’m going to show him that wonderful Xabi vid. Great accompanying track with it btw. Nothing like watching the great Spanish passer while listening to the great English band, Coldplay. I wonder how English passing would look accompanied by Flamenco?

  • Omar Borg

    I am omar borg from Egypt. I just wanted to say that its an awesome video and will help a lot for those children i am 15 years old and when i was old as them i also used to pass bad and usually walk a lot with a ball but now i am a great passer i believe it all returns to watch the two pass masters Xavi hernandez and Xabi Alonso . unfortunately i cant any team to play with because clubs in Egypt think that the football player should be as strong as a buffalo and they dont mind about passing or such things maybe i will find the suitable club outside one day plz anybody if u can help me with a trial i will be greatful thnxx a million for reading all this sorry for blasting your mind with my stories 😀

    • Superscout

      Yeah – that really is a great video. Xavi to my mind is a genius. Too bad about your lack of opportunities – a lot of countries have that problem – where only the big and strong players survive. I know that the English for instance still look for size when they evaluate players. My 11 year old son was at Sunderland AFC for a trial last March and the coaches there told me that they look closely at the size and health of the parents to determine if a player is worth investing in. I don’t necessarily agree with this but – I suppose that if you have a highly skilled player, who is also a good passer for instance and who is 6’2″ tall, it’s no surprise that a club is going to take that player. When we were in Sunderland we spent quite a bit of time with a good young player who is 6’2″ and now he is worth 25 million pounds. Check out this article on Jordan Henderson: http://soccernet.espn.go.com/news/story?id=843196&cc=5901. Now I’m not necessarily arguing for this. It just is what it is. Personally I believe in the way that Barcelona develops players – many of whom can be quite small. Perhaps Omar you need to move to Spain and leave those Egyptian buffaloes behind!

      Maybe you need to go to Spain!

  • Omar Borg

    thnxx Mr. superscout : for your interest i may not be able to travel this year but maybe soon i will Hope you can see me as one of the great players in the near future thnxx! 😀 🙂