The Lob Pass | Chip Pass

The lob pass in soccer is a great way to beat defenders and deliver the ball to a teammate. Your teammate can then either shoot the ball with a volley, a scissors kick, with the head, or even an acrobatic bicycle kick. It is also often used for Free Kicks or Set Pieces to loft the ball over the defensive line or wall.

soccer player doing a lobb pass

This move is relatively easy, but the timing is very important. It takes a bit of skill and timing from the receiving player.

How to do a lob pass in soccer

Follow the steps below to master this simple but brilliant pass!

Step 1

Pause briefly to spot where your teammate is. Then dig your toes under the soccer ball.

Step 2

Scoop up the ball up into the air towards your teammate and over the heads of the defenders. Your teammate will need to keep a close eye on the ball and make sure their timing is right.

Step 3

Lastly, the shooter will position themselves for the best opportunity to shoot. Either with the head, a volley, a touch or two before shooting, or the most challenging, the infamous bicycle kick.  

The art of the chip pass is getting the perfect weight on the ball and picking out the best teammate. In the right situation, this move can also be used to shoot.

One of the greatest players to master the lob pass is Messi.

Bryan Coe

Bryan Coe

Bryan is the founder of The Soccer Handbook. He has been playing soccer since he was 8 years old, continues to play, and has also done his share of volunteer coaching over the years. Bryan’s mission is to help coaches coach better and help people enjoy the beautiful game throughout their lives.


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