Soccer Pass Types

soccer pass types

Types of Passes

There are many different types of passes in soccer. We will cover each of them below.

  • Backheel Pass
  • Through Pass
  • Give and Go Pass
  • Long Pass
  • Forward Pass
  • One-Touch Pass
  • Hospital Pass
  • Back Pass
  • Cross

Backheel Pass

soccer Backheel Pass

A backheel is a special pass where the passer uses the back of the foot to pass the ball to a teammate behind them. This move has become more popularized as some of the best professional players utilize the pass.

Through Pass

Soccer Through Pass

A through pass is a pass that splits two defenders and connects with a teammate running behind the defense while remaining onside. This is a very effective pass on the attack and is difficult to execute against a disciplined sweeper and group of fullbacks.

Give and Go Pass

soccer give and go pass

A give and go pass, or wall pass is a two v one situation. One offensive player sends a pass laterally or forward on an angle to a teammate and then immediately runs past a defender into space. Like a direct rebound from a wall, the receiving teammate hits a one-touch pass back to reconnect with the first teammate who originally had the ball. A give and go pass is a perfect example of the effectiveness of off-ball movement.

Long Pass

Soccer Long Pass

A long pass is one that covers a large portion of the pitch. It is usually sent from the defensive line or defensive midfielder up to the attacking penalty box, or across the field to switch play.

Forward Pass

Soccer Forward Pass

A forward pass is a direct pass to a teammate that advances the ball toward the attacking goal.

One-Touch Pass

Soccer One-Touch Pass

A one-touch pass is a pass where a player receives the ball from a teammate and with one touch sends it on another teammate. One-touch passing requires control and strong field vision.

Hospital Pass

A hospital pass is slang for a pass that doesn't have enough power behind it and is intercepted by the defense.

Back Pass

Soccer Back Pass

A back pass is a pass back towards the goalkeeper rather than forward towards the attacking goal.


A cross is a type of pass from deep in the attacking area on the sidelines, in towards the penalty box. A cross can often lead to a volley or header goal. It is a dangerous situation for the defense, who must at once keep their eye on the ball in flight while also marking space or an attacker.