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Sharp Passes

It is easier to control a crisp pass and make your next move with the ball when you receive a sharp pass rather than a soft lazy pass.  It takes less effort to re-direct the ball into a space when it is played to you with pace. 

However, there are also times when you want to play a soft pass.  Send a different message by the weight of the pass. A slow pass means the player should come back to receive the pass, thus opening up the space behind the player.  A hard pass means you are marked tightly and must shield the ball or play a one touch pass.

Striking the ball with pace also creates intensity around your game. You are ready to receive the ball back and it sends a message of assertiveness, you want to play, it keeps the game flowing quickly, and again it is easier to control a sharp pass.

Most importantly though, a teammate is only open for a short period of time before they will be closed down, it's key to get that teammate the ball as soon as possible to take advantage of the time and space they have - to shoot and score.

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Soccer Player of the Year

2004: Ronaldinho: FC Barcelona: Brazil
2003: Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid: France
2002: Ronaldo: Real Madrid: Brazil
2001: Luis Figo: Real Madrid: Portugal
2000: Zinedane Zidane: Real Madrid: France

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