Where to Look when Passing or Kicking the Soccer Ball

Soccer is one of those games that require multitasking throughout the whole match. As a soccer player, you need to stay focused on your opponents positions, your teammates positions and you’ll need to keep an eye on the ball regularly.

Knowing where to look and what to focus on during a soccer match can make you a great soccer player. This article will help you learn what you should focus your eyes on whenever you want to either pass the ball or kick it.

Where should you look when you’re passing the soccer ball?

Before you pass the ball to any player on the field, the first thing that you should do is raise your head up and look at the player that you want to pass the ball to.

This will let you know if the player is in a good position to receive the ball or if passing the ball to them is a bad idea.

This will also let you know exactly in which direction should you kick the ball when you’re passing it to your friend.

If you are doing a short pass, then there is no need to look at the ball at all when passing it. Just keep your head up and pass the ball. Short passes are extremely easy to make and with enough practice, you’ll find it very intuitive to pass the ball without looking at it at all.

But what about long passes? If you don’t have a lot of experience as a soccer player yet, then you might want to look for a second at the ball while you’re doing a long pass to your friend.

Looking at the ball while doing a long pass can help you kick the ball more accurately. 

However, almost all experienced players do not look at the ball during long passes either. This will make their pass quicker and less predictable by the opponent. With that said, it’s a good idea to train yourself to keep your head up while doing long passes too.

Some professional soccer players like Ronaldinho and Cristiano Ronaldo have developed the habit of looking in a different direction than the one they’re gonna pass the ball towards. This will trick the opponent’s team into thinking that they’re going to pass the ball in a different direction.

Such a pass is called a no-look pass. The name obviously implies that you’re not looking at the target that you want to send the ball towards.

Using this trick can sometimes yield excellent results on the field. You’ll first need to have a quick glance over where your teammates are standing, then pretend that you’re looking in a different direction and finally you deliver the ball to your teammate without looking at them.

It will take you some time to master the no-look pass but it’s usually worth it.

Where should you look when kicking the soccer ball with strength?

Kicking the soccer ball high in the air with a lot of strength requires that you look directly at the ball when you’re performing the kick no matter what.

If you don’t look at the ball while kicking it with all your strength, then there’s a chance that you might damage your knee in the process.

You need to be 100% sure that you’ll hit the ball because if you don’t hit it for some reason, then the energy that you’ve concentrated in your leg won’t have anywhere else to go and it might damage your knee joint.

Looking at the ball while you kick it with strength can also help you hit your target with a much higher accuracy.

With that said, what you need to do when you’re kicking the soccer ball with strength is to first look up and decide the target that you want to kick the ball towards. Once you identify your target, you then look at the ball and kick it to ensure that you’ll hit it accurately.

That’s it for this article. Here’s a summary of what you have just read.

Make sure that you look at the ball whenever you’re kicking it with a lot of strength. When you’re performing short and long passes however, it’s much better if you don’t look at the ball at all because that will make your passes faster and less predictable during the match.