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Creating Space In Soccer: The Second Pass

If you want to receive the ball more, make yourself an option for the second pass.

(What is creating space?)

Why most players don’t get open for the second pass

When players are young, they all bunch up around the ball. As players learn more, they stick to their positions but still have the goal of being the next person to receive the ball. That means they try to get open for a pass from the player currently in possession.

That’s only desirable for the players closest to the ball. It’s not what players elsewhere should be doing.

The remaining players should provide an option for the second pass. They must look at the 2-3 players most likely to receive the ball next, and position themselves to be open for a pass from these players.

For example, if the left-wing midfield is in possession of the ball, the left striker and left-center midfielder will provide immediate passing options.

What will the recipient of the first pass do once he gets the ball? He needs an option for a second pass.

The right-center midfielder and the right wing strikers should provide second pass options when the left-wing mid still has the ball. That will create more space than waiting for the first pass to happen and then providing passing options to the new ball carrier.

If you think about the general rule that easy passes are to be preferred, this second pass idea is quite logical. Players furthest from the ball are the hardest to pass to, so they’re wasting their energy creating options for players on the other side of the field. They can better conserve their energy and enable faster ball movement by providing second pass options.

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