In football, a lay-off pass is a short pass that is played skillfully in the small space provided between a player and its teammate, which happens to arrive either from behind or in front of the player, before making a quick pass. The pass is usually lateral, and the player that receives the ball will take control of it without breaking its pace or attempts to score a goal.
Importance of Lay-off Pass
If the lay-off pass is performed correctly, it speeds up the team’s attacking play while at the same time create an opportunity to make a goal. There is no stopping the players from maneuvering their way around the defensive team unless this short pass is executed accurately and with the right timing. To perform such a skillful technique, each player must learn to communicate correctly to be able to make a pass without giving up the ball to the opposing team.
How Lay-Off Pass Works?
To enhance your attacking performance, there are certain techniques that you need to develop until you can master the lay-off pass handling strategy. For this short pass to work, you must practice some football drills.
- Cushion Ball
The player should carefully tread the ball allowing its teammate to run towards you without breaking its pace and be able to make a pass or shoot. In other words, the player needs to pass or shoot the ball in control and delicate manner. The pass is made towards its teammate that guides or directs the ball, minimizing the speed off during the pass.
The timing and weight of the pass should be considered to perform a lay-off pass successfully. A player should accurately pass the ball to its teammate without breaking stride. If the pass is not done accurately, the opposing team might be able to take the ball.
- Using both Feet
Players should practice doing a lay-off pass by using both feet. These will enable the player to pass the ball towards its teammate, whether they are on its left or right side. They should also learn to use the inside and outside of their foot when passing the ball.