Soccer Techniques - Basics
The “outside of the foot” or side-foot pass is the most technically demanding passing technique.
Passes at full speed can be done easier with the outside of the foot than with the full instep kick or “inside of the foot” pass, particularly in the close distance. The “outside of the foot” pass is suitable for, amongst others, spin balls, free kicks, shots on goal (including from larger distances) and volleys.
Note: the “outside of the foot” pass is often employed to avoid kicking with the “weaker” foot. This fact must be taken into consideration when training youngsters. The “outside of the foot” pass may only be used where the situation demands it and in a sensible manner.