How to improve your passing

Professional tips

A football team without a passer is like an orchestrator without a conductor. Paul Scholes was the man who made Manchester United tick for years, while Xavi was at the heart of Barcelona’s tiki-taka philosophy. We’ve spoken to both men and a host of other top midfielders about the art of passing – check them out below.


1. Xavi: Master the pass

2. Michael Carrick: Pick the right pass

3. Mikel Arteta: Make the killer pass

4. Ander Herrera: Pick the right pass

5. Paul Scholes: Passing, playmakers and scoring goals

Team passing drills

It’s not easy trying to fizz passes around on park pitches in the middle of winter, but with the right drills and hours of practice, anything is possible. Have a browse through our selection of routines and your team will soon be knocking it round like a Sunday League Spain.


1. Pass and move combinations

2. Running and passing at speed

3. Perfect the possession game

4. How to stretch the opposition

5. Running and passing at speed

Short-range passing

You don’t have to hit Hollywood passes like David Beckham to make an impact on a game. Keep it short and sharp and you’ll soon draw the opposition out of position. Luckily for you, we’ve got some drills from top coaches to help you do exactly that. Enjoy. 


1. Pin-point passing

2. Pass like Xavi

3. Recover your passing range

4. How to play the passing game

5. Quickfire passing drill

The final pass

So, you and your team-mates have put together a 25-pass move and now you’re on the edge of the box with the goal in sight. Play an inch-perfect final ball and you could find the back of the net - overhit it and the opposition could hit you on the break. To make sure you do the former, we've asked some top coaches and pros how to hit a measured through ball..


1. Play like Spain: Make the killer pass

2. Play the killer pass like Steven Gerrard

3. Oscar: Play the killer pass

4. Tony Carr: Making the killer pass

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