Diagonal runs  
 

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Itís hard to hit a player in stride with a straight pass forward from a straight run. So good players often make diagonal runs to be in position to pick up a straight through pass.

Diagonal runs are also timing runs. Typically, they are directed at the gaps between defenders, but the passer is usually not passing through the same gap used by the runner. Where the run is made behind the back of a defender, it is called a blind side run:

Blind side diagonal run, direct pass

 

A2 makes the run behind the defense. A3 on the ball must release the pass before A2 goes offside. This kind of pass is extremely effective when the opposing defense is playing flat across the back, without a sweeper, or the sweeper is playing too much in line with the other defenders.

 

 

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