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Football Language: (a) Crisp Pass

In this post, we explain what the phrase a crisp pass means.

  • Find out more about this phrase by reading the transcript below.
  • You can also find many more examples of soccer vocabulary by going to our football cliches page here and our huge football glossary here.

A Crisp Pass

Crisp PassA crisp pass or crisp passing describes passes that are quick and accurate. The player strikes the ball firmly and cleanly and it goes directly to his or her team-mate. Using this phrase to describe passing moves infers that the passing team are skilled and playing well.

Example: The passing was crisp and first time in and around the Atlético area until the goal was at their mercy.  (The Guardian).

Example: In a team that thrives on short and crisp passing, Rakitic is not afraid to spread play around and play the ball off the ground. (

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