Slide rule passWhat is the meaning of the phrase ‘slide rule pass’ in football? 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.

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Slide-rule pass

As we know, there are lots of different types of passes in football: a one-two; a hospital pass and a through ball are some examples. Another one of these is slide-rule pass. A slide rule is a tool used by mathematicians and is associated with accuracy and so a slide-rule pass is an extremely accurate pass; often one that goes through a narrow or small space. These kind of passes, although difficult to produce, tend to open up a defence to create a clear chance. Slide-rule pass

  • Example: Messi’s slide rule pass opened up the opponent’s defence
  • Example:  ‘Her slide-rule pass to Georgia Bridges was cut out by the sliding Amy Glynn… (, Nov 16, 2018)

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