Here is a situation regarding a passback. A passback must have 3 criteria to occur.

  1. Must be deliberate
  2. Must be by foot
  3. Must be touched by GK’s hands.

Let’s examine “deliberate” a bit further. In order for it to be deliberate, the defender must have control of his body. A defender off balance, being challenged does not make it deliberate necessarily.

In the video, you can see that the defender is off balance due to being pressured and challenged and the ball is loose. Although there may be someone to argue the point, by the defender not having control of the ball negates this as being a passback.