Definition of back pass in English:

back pass


  • 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.’