One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A deliberate pass to one's own goalkeeper (who is not allowed to pick up the ball if the pass was kicked).
- ‘The only alteration for decades has been to prevent the goalkeeper picking up a kicked back pass.’
- ‘But what about the abolishing of the back pass and the tackle from behind?’
- ‘Runs and passes are both part of the playbook, but you also have trick plays like the flea flicker or the running back pass in your repertoire.’
- ‘And goalkeepers should be allowed to pick up the ball again from back passes.’
- ‘So tame were those attempts that either effort might have been confused with a back pass.’
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